While reading through the Pallasmaa excerpt, one specific interior spaceoccupied my thoughts and reflected the suggested characteristics of sincerity,truthfulness, purity and precision. That is, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque ofAbu Dhabi. Not only does this establishment posses some of the mostastonishing visual illustrations, but it also contains beauty that transcends theborders of our physical and visual world.
Upon entering, one would admire theatmosphere produced by the precision and purity of its structure. Surprisingly,the historically significant moorish structure, along with its large andbreathtaking components, emerged less than a decade ago. Its ability to beso detailed while simultaneously representing a simple purpose, is potentiallythe main cause of its long lasting impression. The complexity of its structurecan be supported by the presence of a large white marble floor (17 400 m²),occupying rich floral designs along with chandeliers worth millions of dollars,walls ever-so elegant with italian marble and handmade Persian carpets thatare said to be the largest in the world. Despite all this detail, the interior spaceprovides a rather humble atmosphere, not being occupied by thecontemporary futuristic designs and merely reflecting a traditional andsimplistic lay-out. Visitors from all over the world are astonished by the natureof this edifice, which reflects a simple religious establishment merged withsome of the world’s finest elements.
Thus, upon experiencing such feelings, Ibecame increasingly inspired to explore a description of this space and itsstructural composition, promoting my interest in the field of interior design.Following that experience, I have come to acknowledge the time, effort andmeaning behind each design, something that I was not aware of prior to myexperiences at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Contrary to my previousunderstanding of interior design, my impression of the mosque, caused by itsassembly and components fostered feelings of peace and calamity within me.The ability of a structure to create this impression is, in fact, the motivation formy pursuit of this program. To summarize, the specific case of the mosqueillustrates the importance of purpose in interior design. Although theconstruction included a lavish and detailed setup, the purpose of its erectionwas for the simple action of prayer.
This simplistic and pure purpose isunquestionably the reason behind the structure’s long lasting impression. Thecomplex features on the wall, as suggested by Juhani Pallasmaa, aremomentary seductions. The real priceless value is in fact derived from itsintrinsic purpose. Simply put, this concept encompasses my interest in InteriorDesign.