Why Medrese Architecture?

Space and possibility are the two kin words in Arabic. When you create a space, you also create a spectrum of possibilities. The sort of possibilities you enable to create is, therefore, directly related with the type of space you will create. We want to construct an architectural work of art to remain for the next generations; to create an oasis in the middle of the desert when it is taken into account that we live in an architectural misery in Turkey.

The dual structure of the madrasa architecture design, which includes both the modes of seclusion and meeting, also attracts us. There will be private spheres where artists conduct individual works and a courtyard where they will encounter with each other. The works produced in the mood of seclusion will be shared with others in the courtyard, the most significant constituent of the classical madrasa architecture, a distinctive public sphere. We hope, thus, a kind of concentration and an atmosphere of common life adding depth to that concentration will emerge in the Madrasa.

Moreover, when we set up such a “learning centre” for theatre and performing arts, we do prefer to construct a “madrasa”, which prescribes a different insight of duration, manner and theme for each participant, rather than a “school”, which belongs to the modern era entailing a time- method-content-limited, compulsive and standardized approach for everyone. We intend to construct an ecole where the masters continue to learn with the apprentices and therefore, a tradition to be transferred from one generation to the other in a new fashion.

The monasteries known as “vihara” in the Sanskrit language, which served as a refuge for the Budist monks for centuries, inspired the idea and architecture of the Madrasa. We hope that Theatre Madrasa becomes such a refuge in a shortest time for those who want to explore the subtleties of their art.

There is one more thing: Theatre Madrasa in Şirince will be the one of the rare madrasas built in the history of the Republic of Turkey. What excites us is this composition between theatre, one of the most significant symbols of the adventure of modernisation in Turkey, and a deep-rooted tradition of the form of madrasa.