Inspiration Behind Design

Some of the greatest architectural wonders around the world are religious buildings. Often it's the story or inspiration behind such buildings that enable them to stand the test of time.

Although the #YEG Turkish Mosque will be a relatively small and modest building, Suat Demirer, sought a source of inspiration that would help him bring together the design concept and make the building appeal the the wider community in Edmonton.

He found that inspiration in the stories of creation described in the holy books of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

  • Your Lord is Allah, Who created the heavens and the earth in six days and then settled Himself firmly on the Throne... (Qur'an, 7:54)
The fact that heaven and earth was created in 6 days is also the foundation of the book of Genesis. Hence, the number 6 became a main focus throughout the design of the whole building.

The building utilizes a total of 6 colors:

  • Brown represents the soil/earth and the origin of life
  • Gold
  • Green
  • Dark red represents the color of sunset
  • White
  • Blue
Taking into account another significant number, 33, (which is the number of beads in the Muslim prayer beads) project designer Suat Demirer has hidden a total of (6 x 33) 198 sets of 6s in the design. 

A set of 6 windows, 6 stairs on the mihrab, 6 rings forming the majestic lighting fixture are just a few of the 198 sets hidden in the beautiful mosque. Mr. Demirer and the TCS Board hope that these hidden sets design features inspired by the shared story of creation in 3 major religions, will attract visitors from all beliefs to the mosque, which in turn should help enforce the religious and cultural tolerance among all members of the Edmonton community.