01 März 2021

Muslimisches Wasch- und Gebetshaus  

archithese 1.2021

Swiss Performance 2021

Eine kritische Rückschau auf ein Jahr Schweizer Architektur mit Projekten von Abraha Achermann, Medine Altiok, Boltshauser, Christ & Gantenbein, E2A, Enzmann Fischer, Graber Steiger, Herzog & de Meuron, Lukas Imhof, Joos & Mathys mit Nyffeler, Lacroix Chessex, Valerio Olgiati, pool sowie Seiler Linhart

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CHF 28.00, ISBN 978-3-03862-249-9, 96 Seiten, 20 × 26 cm

02 Februar 2021

Nominiert für den
EU Mies Award 22 

Das Muslimische Wasch- und Gebetshaus ist nominiert für den

Mies van der Rohe Award 22 ︎

Der European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award, ist ein Architekturpreis, der 1987 von der Europäischen Kommission, dem europäischen Parlament und der Stiftung Mies van der Rohe - Barcelona ins Leben gerufen wurde. Er ist nach dem Architekten Ludwig Mies van der Rohe benannt und wird alle zwei Jahre vergeben. Der Preis gilt als der renommierteste europäische Architekturpreis. Quelle: Wikipedia

10 Dezember 2020


My Article is published in


Mediterranean port cities are diverse entities that share a common fluid space that supports exchange between them. Medine Altiok’s Mittelmeerland design workshops test the potentials of six port cities in relation to the sea, rather than anchored to land.  

The Urbanisation of the Sea ︎ Download as PDF ︎

About the book: 

The space of the North Sea is almost fully planned and it has been loaded with the task of increasing economic production from both new and traditional maritime sectors. At the same time, it has been emptied of cultural significance.

Through different projects from academia, art, literature and practice, from analysis to design, The Urbanisation of the Sea explores synergies for designing this new spatial realm.

Port City expert Carola Hein, professor of History of Architecture & Urban Planning at Delft University of Technology, and Nancy Couling, associate professor at the Bergen School of Architecture and researcher of the urbanised sea, combine forces to guide the reader through this complex and fascinating topic.

ISBN 978-94-6208-594-7 | November 2020 | expected | Nancy Couling, Carola Hein o.a. | design: Bureau Mondial | English | e-book | 296 pages | illustrated (80 color and b/w) | in conjunction with: Chair of the History of Architecture and Urban Planning TU Delft | with support from: Creative Industries Fund NL, the Swiss National Science Foundation

08 Oktober 2020


Artikelbeitrag im Lexikon On Drifting von CALLYPSO COLLECTIVE 3621 in der Ausstellung an der Manifesta 13 in Marseille zu sehen und zu lesen bis 31.10.2020. ︎ echoes the informal crossings, narratives and movements that shape Mediterranean liminal territories. The exhibition is organised as part of this itinerant curatorial programme, operating from France, Morocco and the Netherlands. focuses on undoing and disrupting the spatial and historic borders that separate Morocco from the European coasts. The exhibition organised in Marseille contemplates their permanent limitation. From this curatorial proposal emerges a plurivocal narrative, which allows to experiment new ways of perceiving and giving meaning to [fluid and solid] borders.
28 Juli 2020


Am Dienstag, 28. Juli 2020 wurde in Hamburg-Wilhelmsburg das neue mulsimische Wasch- und Gebetshaus auf dem Friedhof Finkenriek feierlich eröffnet. 

Sebastian Haß, DEGES Deutsche Einheit Fernstraßenplanungs- und -bau GmbH

Bodo Hafke, Baudezernent im Bezirk Hamburg-Mitte
Osman Kimil, Unternehmer
Dr. Herlind Gundelach, ehemalige CDU-Bundestagsabgeordnete

05 May 2020


Medine Altiok is invited as a Guest Critic at the Design Studio of Prof. Milica Topalovic – Chair of Architecure and Territory at ETH Zurich.


What can we learn from Albania’s mountainous countryside? How do we envision its future? Can our project be both social and ecological? Can we design new ways of living and working in the countryside?

23 December 2019


Narrative Cartography Capturing a Holistic Perspective on Waterscapes

Nancy Couling, Paola Alfaro d'Alençon, Medine Altiok

Water territories challenge inherited, land-based methods of capturing their history. They are a vital commons, where social, technical, political and cultural interests intertwine, potentially also causing conflict. Attention is currently focused both on the ecological importance of the water cycle for human well-being and ecosystem services, as well as on the unpredictable aspects of water through the effects of climate change. This paper argues that such interconnected challenges require new tools and methods of conceptualising and visualising waterscapes. Narrative cartography developed with citizen’s input, reveals itself to be a highly inclusive methodology which can capture neglected knowledge about the past as well as propose visions for the future. This method is discussed in two different geographic contexts  through the academic projects Streamscapes in Germany and Mittelmeerland in the Mediterranean.

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21 November 2019


Medine Altiok is invited to the AHRA Conference in Dundee and participating in the Round Table about Adaptive Cities. 

AHRA 2019 ︎

10 October 2019


Medine Altiok is invited to give a lecture about her `Mittelmeerland`  Research at Abdullah Gül University in Kayseri- Turkey.

19 July 2019


Medine Altiok is invited to give a lecture about her `Mittelmeerland` Research at the La Rivoluzione delle Seppie International Summer Workshop in Belmonte Calabria. 

La Rivoluzione delle Seppie ︎ 

14 June – 08 September 2019 


Das Muslimische Wasch- und Gebetshaus ist zu sehen in der Ausstellung „Frau Architekt“ und AUF KURS! // ON COURSE! im Museum der Arbeit in Hamburg 

Vernissage: 14 Juni 2019
Ausstellung: 14–16 Juni 2019

07 May 2019


Medine Altiok is invited as a Guest Critic at the Design Studio of Prof. Milica Topalovic – Chair of Architecure

and Territory at ETH Zurich.

Can a city embrace the metaphor of a garden and the practice of gardening as ways to rethink its questionable imperative of “growth”? Can “urban growth“ be reimagined, its priorities reconsidered? Should a citizen be seen as consumer, or merely a dweller, or can he or she become a different kind of citizen, a gardener?

03 May 2019


Am Freitag, 3. Mai, wurde in Hamburg-Wilhelmsburg der Grundstein für das neue muslimische Wasch- und Gebetshaus gelegt.

Die Fertigstellung des Gebäudes ist für Sommer 2020 geplant.

Hintergrund war die erforderliche Verlegung mehrerer muslimischer Grabstätten aufgrund der Trassenplanung für die künftige A 26 Ost.

Die Autobahn, mit deren Planung und Bau die DEGES beauftragt ist, soll über das bisherige muslimische Gräberfeld im Norden des Friedhofs Finkenriek verlaufen. Deshalb wurde in enger Zusammenarbeit mit den Vertretern der örtlichen muslimischen Gemeinden ein neues und größeres Gräberfeld mit einem Gebets- und Waschhaus geplant. Die vorhandenen Gräber auf dem Friedhof werden nach den Regeln des Islam umgebettet. Das neue Gebets- und Waschhaus ermöglicht Bestattungen nach muslimischem Ritus. Auf insgesamt fast 220 Quadratmetern verteilen sich der Gebetsraum, der Waschraum, die Sanitäranlagen und die Technik.

17 February 2019


Medine Altiok is Guest Critic at the 
Design Studio of Vanessa Hull at HSLU Luzern. 

10 – 24 January 2019

EPAU Algiers

30 August 2018


Medine Altiok is elected as a member of the Foreigners' Advisory Board of the City Council Zurich.

Der Stadtrat von Zürich hat Ende August 2018 den Ausländerinnen- und Ausländerbeirat für die Amtsperiode 2018 bis 2022 neu bestellt. Der Ausländerinnen- und Ausländerbeirat der Stadt Zürich vermittelt dem Stadtrat Anliegen und Bedürfnisse der ausländischen Bevölkerung der Stadt Zürich. Er leistet Beiträge zu Gunsten der Integration sowie für ein gutes Zusammenleben und unterstützt den Stadtrat sowie die städtische Verwaltung bei integrations- politischen Fragen.

Ausländerbeirat ︎

20 – 22 June 2018


Urbanization processes coupled with shifting oceanic cycles have dramatically changed cities and landscapes in and around the North Sea over the centuries. However spatial pressure within the interpenetrating urban and ecological North Sea systems has reached unprecedented levels.

How can the spatial disciplines address this condition?

The conference gathers North Sea specialists from different disciplines and locations, as well as scholars who position their case-study within a wider historical, geographical or sociocultural context.

Medine Altiok will talk about narratives, representations and projections.

Viscous Space Conference ︎

27 July – 27 August 2018

Tangier American Legation Museum

21 January – 25 February 2017

AA London

28 May – 27 November 2016


We are glad to announce that our research of the Mittelmeerland Visitingschool about the Coast of Alexandria will be exhibited in the Egyptian Pavilion at 15th Biennale di Architettura di Venezia.

The Egyptian pavilion commissioned by Ahmad Hilal with a curatorial team of Eslam Salem, Gabriele Secchi, Luca Borlenghi and Mostafa Salem, seeks to reveal various successful stories of architecture narrating the difficulties and challenges inside the
Egyptian built environment. Hoping through the pavilion to go beyond the question of “What is the story about?” to “How was the story written?” 
The stories inside the pavilion reveal how architecture is actively creating change in communities. Nowhere are these confrontations more evident than in the urban context, and nowhere more so than in Egyptian cities.

Official opening: 27th of May 2016 at 11.45am in Giardini della Biennale.

Mittelmeerland Visiting School
University: AA School of Architecture
Directors: Medine Altiok, Stephanie Tunka

Participants: Ahmed Abdallah, Ahmed Abdelraouf, Abdelaziz Othman, Hassan Dawood, Ghdaa Essam, Mounir Saad-Eldin, Muhammad Nabee, Anas Hosney, Hesham Elsayed, Lobna Ali, Mar Iam Alshiekh, Mariam Alembaby, Mazen Elazab, Mirihan Gamal, Mohamed Haridy, Mostafa Salim, Reham Said, Samar Gomaa, Omar El-Melegy, Mohammed Mostafa, Mohammed Gehad, Abdelramen Mohammed, Heba Hatem, Ahmed Hilal , Ayman Ghali, Aziz Naguib, Bassant Essam, Marina Qaldas, Mohamed Ossama, Mohamem Sallam, Noha Refaat, Ragya El Masry, Salah Maged, Heidi Samir, Mostafa Fathy, Raghda Sarhan, Stavros Papavassiliou, Yelta Kom, Mohammed Fisal, Dodi Sultan, May Abdelhafez, Reham Elneshawy, Hadeer Adel, Mohammed Eldegla

20 September 2015