Shahed Saleem creates mosque pavilion as a "reconstruction of migrant histories"

London-based architect Shahed Saleem has created a vibrant pavilion within the form of a mosque, which has been erected on the V&A museum as a part of this yr’s Ramadan Pageant.

Saleem, who’s of Indian heritage, designed the pavilion for the Ramadan Tent Challenge’s annual competition, which celebrates the holy month of Ramadan.

He drew on his personal lived expertise as a second-generation immigrant for the design whereas aiming to seize the collective emotions of distance which can be generally endured by the broader Muslim diaspora.

Shahed Saleem has designed a pavilion for the Ramadan Tent Challenge

This led him to design the pavilion as a reconstructed mosque with completely different architectural motifs and vibrant colors appearing as varied fragments of identification.

“As a baby of immigrants I’ve skilled and realized tips on how to negotiate completely different cultural worlds,” Saleem instructed Dezeen.

“I’ve seen how migrant communities take care of loss and distance from homelands, and the way they try to reconstruct and reassemble cultural reminiscences and histories in a brand new place,” he continued.

The exterior of Shahed Saleem's mosque structure
It’s located outdoors the V&A museum

The pavilion is made up of parts present in mosque structure together with arches, a dome, a staircase, a roof and a mihrab – a semicircular area of interest that orients the path of prayer.

“The pavilion represents this by displaying historic fragments as being collaged and held collectively in a brand new structural body,” Saleem stated.

“There’s an total sense of porousness and precarity, suggesting that the brand new narratives created by the reconstruction of migrant histories and experiences is an ongoing and dynamic course of.”

A pink and red tower at the V&A
The design incorporates architectural shapes present in British mosques

Saleem constructed the Ramadan Pavilion from plywood sheets glued and screwed along with metal brackets and fixings, whereas glulam timber was used for its structural and reinforcement parts.

In the meantime, the minaret – the pink and pink striped tower – has a vertical metal put up and steel-framed base. In conventional mosques, the minaret is constructed into or stands subsequent to the mosques and is used to name Muslims to wish.

Yellow steps leading up the Ramadan Pavilion
Saleem used completely different colors to replicate varied elements of his identification

“Via the colors, end and shapes, I needed to offer a way of enjoyable and playfulness, to recommend a childlike innocence and likewise to offer pleasure,” Saleem defined.

“It’s because points round migrants and Islam in Europe are extremely politicised, and the aesthetics of the pavilion means that pleasure and commonality can be doable and provides one other method of partaking with different cultures.”

For reference, the architect turned to the Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A’s) assortment of prints and images of mosques and different examples of Islamic architectural design, in addition to the structure of British mosques from the Nineteen Sixties to the current day.

“Every of those parts has been derived from nineteenth and Twentieth-century drawings and images within the V&A prints and drawings assortment which depict historic Islamic structure from north Africa to India,” Saleem stated.

“I’ve taken references from these photos to create the weather for the pavilion. The pavilion is subsequently a postcolonial reinterpretation of colonial representations of the Islamic world.”

The roof of the Ramadan Pavilion
Ramadan Pavilion is made from plywood and glulam

This yr, Ramadan begins on Wednesday 22 March and lasts for 30 days. The month is noticed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting, prayer, reflection and neighborhood.

The Islamic calendar follows the lunar cycle, which signifies that Ramadan falls roughly 10 days earlier every year within the Gregorian calendar.

Guests to the Ramadan Pavilion will be capable to attend a sequence of curated occasions, performances and workshops.

Mosques have been used as sources of inspiration for different installations around the globe. Saudi Arabian artist Ajlan Gharem’s Paradise Has Many Gates set up reimagines the standard mosque as a cagey, steel-wired construction.

On the Islamic Arts Biennale in Saudi Arabia, Pakistani architect Yasmeen Lari designed three dismantlable mosques to reveal the potential of bamboo.

The Ramadan Pavilion is on show on the V&A’s Exhibition Highway Courtyard in South Kensington till 1 Could 2023 as a part of the Ramadan Pageant. See Dezeen Occasions Information for an up-to-date listing of structure and design occasions going down around the globe.

The pictures is courtesy of V&A.


Challenge credit:

Structure: Shahed Saleem
Supported by: The Diriyah Biennale Basis, COSARAF Charitable Basis, the College of Westminster, RIBA, AKT II.