The Kirikkale Nur Mosque in Turkey that has received major recognition with an award of merit at the International Lighting Design Awards organised by International Association of Lighting Designers in San Diego.
Inspired by the late Ottoman architecture, the mosque has a 32-metre high main dome, an indoor area of 26,000 m2, four prayer towers and has a capacity for 10,000 people in total. The lighting design approach emphasises the spiritual identity of the mosque and creates an iconic appearance for the city.
The mosque’s lighting designer Ayrim Yaser Talu from Zeve Engineering and Lighting, told Lux: ‘As the mosque is right in the city centre, it’s effectively a symbol of the city. So the lighting needed to support the mosque's spiritual atmosphere as well as having a spectacular silhouette at night as well’.
The design amplified the mosque’s spiritual character while providing depth to its architectural structure. Soft white LED lighting was used in the main dome while a warm white LED lighting was preferred for the windows surrounding the dome as well as for the gigantic pillars.
A mystical appearance was achieved within the mosque by creating a contrast using a combination of nearly thousand daylight coloured spots and surface-mounted light points.
To keep the daytime appearance of the mosque, the lighting products were painted the same colour as the surfaces and placed in niches and behind vases.
Products with varying optics and wattages were used to create a harmony between illuminated surfaces. Also, the lighting system – from Philips Color Kinetics – is anticipated to be up to 75 per cent more energy efficient than traditional lighting technologies. Over the course of the evening the light changes by using lighting scenarios which saves energy and creating a beautiful atmosphere at night.