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.
Politecnico di Milano
Comune di Milano.
2009 - 2010
Extension Area: 7.100 m²
Research Project: Strategic Planning, Community development, Cultural Planning
Concept: Masterplan, Urban Design, Architectural Design
Convention Center, Religious, Recreational, Restaurant, Medical, Mixed Use, Parking
View from Lavizan Park
Mosque Typology Regional Study
Community and Places of Worship in Europe. 2010 Study
Symbolism and Popular trend in Mosque Architecture in the West.
Proposal for a new Spatial and Functional Concept for Mosque Architecture
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.
Proposed Mosque Model for Milan
Masterplan - Ground Floor
Site Functional & Spatial Organization
Building Functional & Spatial Organization
Space adaptability to increased users attendance
Site Filter Zones - Accessibility - Circulation Schemes
(Users - Activities - Time - Space) Matrix
Space Occupation Simulation