Mahmud Qabadu Mosque in Djedeida

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Mahmud Qabadu Mosque in Djedeida

Tunisian Place of Worship – design by Philippe Barriere Collective

9 Jan 2017

Mahmud Qabadu Mosque

Architects: Philippe Barriere Collective (PB+Co)

Location: Djedeida, Tunisia

Mahmud Qabadu Mosque

Mahmud Gabadu Mosque

The mosque has been designed to become a religious and urban landmark playing a central role within the rural community.
It is positioned at the center of the two-major axis of the urban development, joining the rural park with the main commercial artery and the two large urban pedestrian plazas (one with shops, the other without). 

Mahmud Gabadu Mosque

This privileged setting signifies unity and centrality, reflecting the role played by Islam in everyday life. The mosque has two main entrances (one for men and one for women) opening directly to the non-commercial pedestrian plaza which can accommodate groups of worshipers before entering or exiting the mosque.

Mahmud Gabadu Mosque

Two reflecting pools establish a reverential distance and a peaceful quiet threshold between on one side, the park, and the other, the main street. At the same time the pools flow from the place of worship to the origin of the irrigation system, suggesting the sublime connection between the nourishment of the soul and that of the earth.

The enclosure walls do not wholly seal the interior, since, as they soar upwards they gradually become more porous, ultimately transforming into Moucharaby. The cooling breeze and natural light from the park flow freely through the walls, letting the building naturally breathe, meanwhile the floor is constantly kept warm at human body temperature.

The overarching vault is erected by local masons using local materials. Its parametric design and digital fabrication involve the use of RhinoVAULT software (Funicular Form Finding The Rhinoceros® Plug-In RhinoVAULT). It is a structural form using the Thrust-Network-Approach to intuitively create and explore compression-only structures.

Mahmud Qabadu (1812–1872) of Tunisia, also Muhammad Qabadu,[1] was a scholar of Quranic studies, a progressive member of the ulama, and a long-time professor at the Zaytuna mosque academy.
Mahmud Gabadu Mosque

Mahmud Qabadu Mosque in Djedeida – Building Information

Team: Philippe Barriere Collective (PB+Co), Adnen Ben Tanfous (Associate Partner), Samir Assad, Yosri Boukadida, Vicky Tessier, Lucie Riedweg, David Boisseau, Wael Ben Mansour
Graphic Designer: Abderrahmen Ezzine
Date: 2016-2017
Project: Mosque for « La Colline aux Oliviers » a rurban community
Location: “La Colline aux Oliviers” City of Jedaida, Manouba Governorate, Tunisia
Client: Tunisian Republic, Manouba Governorate, Delegation of Jedaida
Private Investor: Société de promotion immobilière Le Mont Fleury Groupe Bayahi.
Engineer: Tarek Ghorbel, Structural Engineer, SOGEP Batiment, Tunisia
Engineering Software: RhinoVAULT – Designing funicular form in Rhinoceros (Block Research Group BRG)

Photography: Abderrahmen Ezzine

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