One of my favourite buildings in the country is the Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin Mosque – also known as the Iron Mosque due to its stainless-steel clad structure. It’s a very modern building located in the administrative capital, Putrajaya, that still manages to integrate traditional culture and religious cues into its design. These, together with its scale, location on the Putrajaya lakefront and sight lines, make it quite a spectacular building.
The architecture has a semi-brutalist (perhaps minimalist is a better description) solidity to it that’s perfectly counterbalanced by the delicate-looking stainless steel latticework buttressing the roof. Pillars are fluted to reduce visual weight and contribute towards a sense of weightlessness. Interestingly, most of the building is actually open air; there are doors but every time I’ve been, it’s been open. The high ceilings, fans and zoned A/C system mean that the interior is always cool – even during noon in the tropics. I’ve been trying to find out who the architect was, but with little success – if any readers happen to know, I’d be curious to find out…
This series was shot a little while ago using a Hasselblad 501C, the 50/4 CF FLE Distagon, the 80/2.8 CF Planar and the 120/4 Makro-Planar on Fuji Acros, and scanned with a D800E. Enjoy! MT
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