This modern designed mosque, the Islamic Forum by Jasarevic Architects in Penzburg, Germany, is a wonderful example of a building acknowledging both its cultural history and its location. The building is decorated in islamic script and patterns with suitable spaces for prayer but its external aesthetic fits in with the surrounding urban landscape taking more from the local vernacular rather than that of ‘traditional’ mosque architecture, whilst still retaining the Minaret. The really interesting part personally is the adaptation of traditional islamic patterns and their use both as perforated balustrades and decorative patterns applied directly to raw concrete, which follows a similar working to that of Wallpaper Balustrade from The Grapes Public House.

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