Ankara Mosque
Site also being a contribution of family, Çankaya Mosque first designed by father architect and built in 1961 and now 50 years later, as a family and architectural heritage, under renovation by the architect son, align with 21st century concerns and capacities. The mosque is located in Çankaya- the core of Capital Ankara - served the neighborhood of especially high ranking government officials and politicians of Turkey for many years. Besides actual needs, reconsidering public spaces in the context of building relations, renewal of urban behavioral patterns by renovation of a local example becomes more important then the building itself. Architectural and urban implications, aiming to develop collective organizational patterns by promoting accessibility and reviving the life at street level, engender a natural symbiosis for the improvement of divers human relations. The site, naturally located 4 meters above the street level, distinguishes sacredness of the space; with the renovation, easier accessibility granted through annexes. The built on, with its portico at the street level, provides extra space as the place of worship, attaches to the main mass at the upper level. Next to it is the triangle-shaped lower patio, surrounded by social units, forms the base plate over which the main yard situated at +4.00 level. The inner stairway links the two patios. The upper yard is basically appointed for the religious use such as funerals, adjoining the main prayer hall whereas the common areas around the lower patio will engender the blood of the social life of the building, together with the bordering chambers that surround this roofless triangular green courtyard, designed as assembly halls, library and multi-purpose venues. The mild ramp provides an alternative access to the upper courtyard as well as to the main prayer hall of the mosque.

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