Architect: Mohsen Kazemianfard


1st place in Golshahr Mosque and Plaza National Design competition

Design Associates: Parima Jahangard, Mona Razavi, Nazanin Sharif

Animation: Sadra Shahroudi

Location: Karaj, Iran

Project Type: Cultural Religious

Gross Built Area: 4500 sqm

Site Area: 22500 sqm

Project year: 2018

Client: Hajitarkhani Institution

Civil engineer: Hamed Nouri

spirit and its light can illuminate the darkness’s. From its initial time up to now have been such extroverted places which did not have a solid surface from any directions, for they have a close association not only with the city and the material life but also they have a great connection with people’s daily life ,but during the time due to the modern civilization and novel methods of living this has changed; mosques do not have their original integration with the society, therefore this project is trying to reconnect this important social organization with the city and people’s daily life, for mosques can generate their concept and can play a crucial role in the texture of a dynamic city.


During the time, mosques have been such a novel combination of form and function; in a way that their form has played an important role as a monumental and conceptual building, which have always been a recognizable and practical place. In this project, different passes were designed and organized in a way that could create recognizable and effective conjunctions between the city and the mosque building. And while these passes are crossing through the mosque, a novel form is created which can remind the historical memory of religious buildings in Iranian minds and can be a modern recall of ancient mosques. A generatable, modular, familiar and novel form that can recall a mosque as a social, crucial and religious space. Also, for being more conceptual, in Shabistan part the roof of the mosque has gradually risen up that not only intensifies the same religious sense of ancient domes from the outside but also invites the entered people from the entrances towards the Shabistan.


Focusing on people’s daily life is one of the main characters of a mosque, also people require a practical flexibility from a mosque, as this place could be used in various situations. For instance, mosques can sometimes work just as a pass way or can be a pure destination for the presence and worship and sometimes can be such a place that gathers different groups or the huge number of people; this flexibility will take a mosque beyond a place for worship and make it a place as a practical social space for various situations and occasions which connect the city and its people to this monumental religious building.

Continuous pattern, Generating pattern

During the time, mosques have been an integrated social space which was connected to the city. In this project, the mosque concept has returned to its initial spirit and is creating a crucial conjunction between the city, the university and its surrounding. The eastern western pedestrians which were continued through the project site were changing their direction towards the qibla in the mosque’s location, and create a pause space between the parallel passes.

Golshahr Mosque and Plaza