Mosul, Iraq: reconstruction and illumination of Al Nuri complex

At the core of the mosque, in new gardens, lighting is changing according to temporalities (thanks to shades of colors and intensities variations) in order to develop lighting atmospheres close to in-habitants night life.
The high walk gives the opportunity to appreciate this night time and the nightscape though as a true urban landmark.

In the same way, prayer times and dedicated spaces enjoy a specific lighting treatment. Some other lighting effects were designed with a self-sufficient energy in order to allow access and usage of the central place at any times.

Inside, under the central dome, a hundred suspended brass plates are sparkling and are projecting their shadows under the dome ceiling.
Outside, from the dusk to the dark night, the mosque dome and the minaret are illuminating by a purplish red hues light.

Plan masse du complexe d'Al Nouri, de jourPlan masse du complexe d'Al Nouri, de nuit
Animation lumière baie principale Mosquée d'Al Nouri
Perspective de la baie principale.
@Projectiles / @Concepto – Noémie Riou

The city of Mosul (Iraq) meaning « liaison point » in arab langage was a strategic crossing point, a commercial and cultural link during millennia between north, south, east and west. Due to this stra-tegic location, the city began the house of numerous people from different origins, ethnicities and religions.
In 2014, a 3-years-long conflict hit the city and left it in ruins.
In 2018 februrary, UNESCO launched a flagship project to restore urban space, social and cultural fabric of the old town in order to foster reconciliation and social cohesion in Mosul.
An international competition within this framework was launched to rebuild the Al Nuri mosque and its iconic minaret which were totally destroyed.