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Culture Center in Milan

The Research Project investigates the issues involved with introducing places of worship for the Muslim communities (Mosques) on European territory. Muslim Community is presently a minority in most Western European countries, but recently the numbers of these communities are growing, and their needs and demands for more places of worship are increasing, making their presence more significant since mosques symbolize their presence with a physical object. The reaction of European societies and the perception to this form of representation of another different culture is greatly affecting how this architecture is taking shape in European cities.

 

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Location

Milan, Italy

Client

Politecnico di Milano

Comune di Milano.

Year

2009 - 2010

Site Area

18.000 m²

Project Area

Extension Area: 7.100 m²

Services

Research Project: Strategic Planning, Community development, Cultural Planning
Concept: Masterplan, Urban Design, Architectural Design

Program

Cultural, Exhibition,
Convention Center, Religious, Recreational, Restaurant, Medical, Mixed Use, Parking

Status

Proposal

View from Lavizan Park

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Mosque Typology Regional Study

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Community and Places of Worship in Europe. 2010 Study

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Symbolism and Popular trend in Mosque Architecture in the West.

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Proposal for a new Spatial and Functional Concept for Mosque Architecture

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Existing Mosques in Milan

Milan, a city of 1.2 million inhabitant, where about 70,000 of Muslim religion live and work. Small scattered mosques exist in basements, abandoned factories, warehouses and buildings. These spaces are neither of standard quality not sufficient in space to accommodate the community’s number or expectations for religious practice and for socio-cultural activities.

The study on Milan intended to evaluate the current situation of the community and the existing structures at their service. The different structures were analyzed in terms of location, space and capacity, as well as a contextual study to estimate the visual and the social impact in their smaller context on a neighborhood scale.

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Proposed Mosque Model for Milan

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Project Site

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Masterplan - Ground Floor

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Site Functional & Spatial Organization

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Building Functional & Spatial Organization

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Space adaptability to increased users attendance

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Site Filter Zones - Accessibility - Circulation Schemes

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(Users - Activities - Time - Space) Matrix

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Space Occupation Simulation

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Exterior View

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Interior View