Community Mosque | Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix requires the architect to consider many elements when designing. I have worked to protect the inhabitants inside and around the building from the strength of the Sun, which can be dangerously powerful for many months throughout the year. The buildings are placed on the site where they will be most visible from as many directions as possible, all while turning their backs on the alley between the site and the existing buildings. This orientation protects the privacy and spiritual experience of those visiting the site. Usage of screens was important to help shield occupants and users of the spaces from the Sun, without the use of glass, which inhibits the circulation of air. Placement of the screens is critical, protecting the women as they enter the upper level of the mosque, which also ties into more traditional uses of the screens in Middle Eastern architecture. This design works to allow air to easily pass through the major axis of the site, providing a passive cooling breeze. A green roof further protects those on the interior of the building, adding a dense shield atop the building protects from the heat island effect, and interior heat gains.