Now that I have a (most of the time) stable internet connection, I can now write posts on a regular basis again after quite some time of unintended negligence of the blog. Yay!
For this 33rd Imagining Islamic Aesthetics post, I would like to discuss about the modern Islamic architecture or also known as contemporary Islamic architecture ; modern as in clean minimalistic style of architecture (in my opinion and seeing with my untrained eyes) combined with the elegance and traditional Islamic motifs and patterns.
In recent years, architects (whom are really unnecessarily Muslims themselves) prefer to combine modern aesthetics with traditional Islamic designs rather than to strictly follow older Islamic architecture and blueprints – this is particularly true for modern Mosques or other Islamic related buildings such as Syaria (Islamic law) courts and the like. Usually, modern Islamic architecture does not stick to one particular Islamic style but rather combination of different styles. This amalgamation of old and new is also utilized for secular buildings in Arab countries.
King Faisal Mosque in Islamabad Pakistan. This mosque is the brainchild of a Turkish designer Vedat Dakolay who took inspiration from Bedouin Arab tribes tents and the minarets from his own home country, combined with sleek modern features and is considered one of the most outstanding contemporary Islamic architecture.
The Burj Khalifa in Dubai. The tower is designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, designers of many contemporary skyscrapers and tall buildings all over the world. The design is said to be inspired by Islamic pattern and it is said that when one views the tower form above or below the tower, it invokes the sight of Islamic domes. It is now one of the tallest skyscraper in the world.
The Mihrab and Prayer Hall of the Şakirin Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey. The architect of the Mosque is a local architect Hüsrev Tayla, while the interior designer is Zeynep Fadıllıoğlu, said to be the first female interior designer to work for a mosque. According to Turkish press it is one of the most modern mosque in Turkey.
The KLCC or the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It was the tallest tower in the world from 1998 to 2004 before the title was taken over by Taipei 101. Designed by the Argentinian architects César Pelli and Djay Cerico the buildingwas build over the course of seven years. Cross-section of the building reveals that the architects used the traditional Islamic eight-pointed star for the towers, as well as the facade to be designed resembling Islamic patterns.