The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) recently announced that internationally renowned architect Emre Arolat has received the prestigious 2018 RIBA Award for International Excellence for the innovative Sancaklar Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey.
The jury described the project as an uplifting reimagining of a mosque, featuring an unorthodox, contemporary design, and an interior layout which conceptualises liturgical conventions.
“I am thrilled to have been honoured by the RIBA with this prestigious award,” said Emre Arolat, “Sancaklar Mosque’s innovative design captures the essence of a place of worship as opposed to the aspects of a typical mosque, representing the purest forms of light and matter and providing a space for worshipers to observe and be free from all outside burdens. It is wonderful to be recognised by the RIBA for such an important project.”
The RIBA International Prize 2018 is considered one of the world’s most prestigious awards in architecture. Awarded yearly, to the most transformative building which demonstrates visionary, innovative thinking, excellence of execution, and makes a distinct contribution to its users and physical context. This year’s 20 winners represent the best of the best in global architecture today. Founded in 1834, the RIBA is a global professional membership body aiming to further excellence in architecture on a global scale.