Architecture is influenced by art and mathematics guide, Islamic architectural design
Architecture is influenced by art and mathematics
11 Nov 2021
It is no secret that every artist strives to leave an imprint of their personality in their works, sometimes in the most intricate of ways. However, the artist might be a part of a whole group of artists that belong to a certain society, sect or creed, and in that case, individuality might become irrelevant, and what the artist tries to convey through their work is a whole set of ideas and beliefs that he or she deems sacred and holy, an important part of their lives. Now if an artist were to represent their work through the very foundations and laws of physics and mathematics, they have to put in mind the precision and variety of the methods they can tailor their artwork through, and this is where this project emerges.
Architecture Mingled with Art:
The world has seen plenty of Islam inspired works of art, and many pieces of architecture that combine elegance and creativity… however, sometimes these works seem bland and void of the true spirit that they were designed after, that is the reason the ibrahim joharji and best architecture team INJ Architects sought to create something that represents the Islamic culture from its exterior, while also possessing the hidden aesthetics from the interior. The team devised a piece of architecture that was mingled with art, the Islamic art.
A work of architecture requires a thorough look into every corner and angle in order to be modelled or designed in the best and most wonderous way possible, including measurement, precision, width, height, scale, length, color and form, which can sometimes distract the attention of an architect and render him focusing only on the mathematical side of a piece, where the design he had in mind becomes completely lost within all the numbers and equations, this is where art interferes.
Producing an “artistic” piece of architecture can be tricky. The architect cannot only rely on what he or she studied during their life, but they also have to pay more attention to the “mystical” side of their study. When the team came up with the idea of the chandelier, they gathered more than one element that is associated with the true Islamic artistic spirit, resulting in a work that reflects this legacy.
The Islam-inspired Chandelier:
Architecture and art, as mentioned before, is a sweet mix that demonstrates the true intellectual level that humans have reached through the ages. Since the dawn of the “Ressala” that prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him) preached a thousand and four hundred years ago, many scientists, architects and poets rose from that era, those whose works revolved around the divine and eastern vibes of the Islamic culture, starting from Andalusia and stretching towards the Arabian Peninsula. The Islamic Chandelier that the INJ team designed mixes these elements in a creative way. First, they drew the inspiration of the look from the famous Islamic architecture that appears in so many mosques, shrines and sacred sites across the world, and which also can be seen in the intricate ornamental drawings that are visible on the Holy Qur’an covers, and are illustrated on the interior pages. Furthermore, it seems they adhered to these plans while also keeping in mind the intention of coming up with something both faithful to the culture and possessing uniqueness at the same time.
When deciding on our color choice, the team, apparently, yet again, remained loyal to the legacy. The colors chosen were black, white, red, green, blue and yellow. The choice was not random or haphazard, they were chosen for a reason: they are all mentioned in the Holy Qur’an. If one were to look into the verses, one can discover that these colors were bluntly mentioned within the stories, along with their nouns and adjectives; therefore, this combination seemed ideal for the project and the team resorted to distributing these colors across the chandelier design, which eventually gave the illusion of a wide array of colors, while only utilizing six of them.
Arrangement of Layers:
This part of the project seems, perhaps, the trickiest. Blending architecture with art was shown almost exclusively when arranging the layers and the glass tubes that were to make the body of the chandelier. This was, as before, not random, for the length and movement of the glass layers were in accordance to something that radiates the essence of the Islamic identity. It is the sound of the Hijazi Adhan: the call to prayer that is heard in Mecca, that which pilgrims hear five times a day whenever it is time to pray. The sound waves generated by the call are not random, they follow a certain rising and falling movement that inspired us to follow this arrangement order, so that it could be seen from both sides: the same flow or movement of sound waves represented through the glass chandelier.
Combining all these elements together in a pure geometric context proved that architecture and art are two sides of human intellect that, when placed together, can create wonders. An architect ought to, after all, refrain from employing the principles of geometry alone, instead, attempt to embrace the artistic side of nature and blend both mathematics and innovation in his or her work. The pulsing creativity and inspiration radiating from a piece of architectural artwork are what the talented team tried to demonstrate in this work, where a rich culture, identity and enthralling originality are successfully exhibited in various tiny elements that bring into existence a marvelous whole.
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