INTRODUCTION


BECCC MOSQUE

This project is a renovation of an existing church building constructed in the mid-50s (3550 Sheridan Boulevard, Denver) for use as a mosque and educational and community center for the Bosnian Educational Cultural Center of Colorado (BECCC).  The primary design goals are to create a functional, comfortable, and appealing place for the Bosnian community to use and pray in, to express the identity of the BECCC, and to keep costs low so that the renovations are feasible and within the budget. 

INTRODUCTION
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EXISTING BUILDING


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The existing building is a simple single story structure constructed in the mid-50's. The interior space has a linear orientation with a stage at one end.  The facades are bland and unassuming.


EXISTING BUILDING
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MAIN LEVEL FLOOR PLAN


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Pel-Ona’s approach to transforming this building into a mosque was based on the following decisions: (a) keep the roof trusses in place in order to reduce costs and construction time; (b) add two domes in between the existing trusses, which are reflected as octagonal domes on the interior and as small raised domes on the exterior; (c) create a progression of spaces leading from the parking lot to the entry of the building by adding a colonnade, a symbolic minaret, and a corner portal.

MAIN LEVEL FLOOR PLAN
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BASEMENT LEVEL FLOOR PLAN


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The basement level will house gathering spaces for community members, classrooms, children’s play areas, and spaces to hold community dinners and events.

BASEMENT LEVEL FLOOR PLAN
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NORTH-SOUTH SECTION


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Two octagonal domes will be hung from the existing scissor trusses to re-orient the linear main hall and create a more centrally unified and richer space.  The domes will also act as light wells, creating diffuse natural light.  A slightly raised platform at the back will provide a separate, but still connected space for women.
NORTH-SOUTH SECTION
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EAST-WEST SECTION


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The transition from the entrance lobby to the main mosque space will be created by interior portals with low ceilings. This spatial compression will increase the effect of the higher volume in the main space.
EAST-WEST SECTION
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INTERIOR VIEW


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The orientation of the Mihrab (denotes the direction of prayer), which is also reflected in the pattern of the carpet, creates an interesting richness. A low hanging ring of lights create a secondary “ceiling” and encourage sitting.

INTERIOR VIEW
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DOME CONSTRUCTION


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The domes will be constructed on top of 10’ x 10’ square light wells, which sit on the current scissor trusses. The square wells transform into octagons before meeting the domes.

DOME CONSTRUCTION
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WINDOW DETAILS


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Bringing the windows closer to the ground is an important part of the transformation from church to main mosque space. The low windows are designed for users in a sitting position. Replacing the glass with obscured and colored glasses will change the light quality in the main space.

WINDOW DETAILS
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ABLUTION FOUNTAINS


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Ablution fountains are important symbolic elements in mosques and are usually celebrated as such. Here, cascading fountains will transform the sound landscape in the main entry lobby before entering the main mosque space.  The fountains re-circulate water to reduce waste, while a dedicated tier provides fresh water for ablution on demand.

ABLUTION FOUNTAINS
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FRONT ELEVATION


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In addition to 2 new domes on the top of the existing structure that extend and open up the interior space, an entry corridor has also been added to the exterior of the building.  This space helps to generate a processional feel as well as allowing space for informal interactions and gatherings.  The pivotal point in this promenade is emphasized with a 3rd dome and simple, decorative elements.
FRONT ELEVATION
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MINARET


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A key element of any mosque is the emblematic Minaret from which the call to prayer is traditionally sung.  Focusing on the iconic nature of this element, a simple geometric tower is designed to echo the more elaborate structures seen throughout history.  A steel core supports exterior framing that is designed to create intricate shapes while accounting for standard material dimensions.
MINARET
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INTERIOR DETAILS


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In order to ensure an authentic experience for the BECCC Mosque users, significant attention was paid to the detailing of key building elements.  In particular, decorative tiles, screens and trim details are used at windows, entrances and room divisions to create an inspiring environment for prayer.
INTERIOR DETAILS
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ENTRY, MIHRAB & FOUNTAIN DETAILS


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This renovation focused on key points of the building to transform a disused church into a thriving mosque without going over budget.  Special attention was paid to the focal point of prayer, the Mihrab, as well as the main entrance and Fountain of Ablution while other less public areas of the building remain unadorned.
ENTRY, MIHRAB & FOUNTAIN DETAILS
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