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When it comes to buildings, they don’t come much different than a mosque and a nightclub.
In Istanbul, these two structures have more in common than you might think.
Zeynep Fadillioglu is the architect behind both, her elegant creations blending sleek modernism with traditional ornamentation.
Designing a building is hard enough, without also having to meet religious requirements, and Fadillioglu consulted Islamic authorities throughout the construction of the spectacular Sakirin Mosque, opened in 2009.
It is believed to be the first time a woman has designed a mosque, with the 59-year-old completing two more since, both in Doha, Qatar, in 2010.
But regardless of religion, every place of worship has one thing in common, says the mother-of-one from Istanbul.
“I think when you step inside a mosque, like any other religious building, you leave everything to do with the outside world, outside the door,” says the head of a design firm which has delivered over 350 projects across the globe. […]