RU - IINHIAR
Nebi Yunis mosque - Mosul
This project is an application of a research project carried out "ru iinhiar" around the concept of political ruins, so-called war ruins. Located at the Nebi Yunis mosque. It is an ancient mosque dating from the 8th century. Located south of ancient Nineveh, it was in the heart of a small town of Mosul. It was built above the mausoleum of the Prophet, and local people used to gather together all confessions confessions, to practice a moment of pilgrimage. On July 24, 2014, the Islamic state attacks this mosque by organizing an explosion, thus it destroys the minarai, and the various accesses. Since the place remains uninhabited and inaccessible. This mosque is not only a place of worship but also a former archaeological site that has attracted tourists from around the world for its sacredness as well as its strong symbolism. This project was approached along three axes; contribute to the conservation and preservation of the site, participate in the maintenance of the building and finally, anticipate the state of a future ruin.
It is often difficult to treat the notion of ruin when it is sudden, instantaneous, brutal. Moreover, if we consider the religious context, the mosque of Nebbi Yunis, in which this building was destroyed, giving way to ruins, loaded with historical value and memory, it seemed important to engage an approach of resistance to these actions of destruction.
Indeed, rather than imagine a new project, decontextualized, it was here question to think an after for this site, in view of latent or still present conflicts.
This project represents a beginning, a subject of application on
an identified site, but the work process can be applied to
any other site.
So, can we imagine, an alternative to degradation? Think
architecture as a living space? An environment where destruction is the threshold, the cradle of a new construction?