Sherefudin's White Mosque
Visoko, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Aga Khan Award Winner
Recipient of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 1983.

The White Mosque serves as the religious and intellectual centre for the community. Its geometrically simple plan encloses a complex, slope-ceilinged, skylit volume, pure, abstract, sparsely ornamented and painted white. The archetypal Bosnian mosque has a simple square plan crowned by a cupola and entered by means of a small porch. The White Mosque's plan conforms to the archetype, but its roof is a freely deformed quarter of a cupola, pierced by five skylights, themselves composed of segments of quarter cupolas. The effect is one of confrontation between the elementary plan and the sophisticated hierarchy of roof cones. The principal symbolic elements, mihrab, minbar, minaret and fountains, have a fresh folk art character subtly enhanced by the avant-garde geometries of their setting. Commending the mosque for its "boldness, creativity and brilliance," the jury found it "full of originality and innovation (though with an undeniable debt to Ronchamp), laden with the architect's thought and spirit, shared richly with the community, and connecting with the future and the past."

Source: Aga Khan Trust for Culture
Location
Visoko, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Completed 1980
Dimensions
435 m²
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Sherefudin's White Mosque
Bijela Mosque
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Visoko Mosque
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mosque
religious
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Aga Khan Award for Architecture Winner