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Nigde

Nigde is a small city with some tourist attractions including an archeology museum and the Alaaddin mosque with its beautiful muqarnas.

Wikipedia: Nigde

Wikipedia: Nigde Alaaddin Mosque

 

ArchNet

Description from ArchNet: The mosque that bears the name of celebrated mystic Abdal Mehmed in Bursa was founded by Basçi Ibrahim, a rich merchant of Bursa who also built the Basçi Ibrahim Complex.

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Nigde Ak Medresse

The mosque Ak Medresse is situated in Nigde.

My reconstruction may have been done according to the rules, namely "back on front", the result looks weird and does not match the photo. The first layer is much too wide. Moreover, the photo shows five layers and the reconstruction only four layers. After implementing the additional rule "back on curve", the missing layer becomes visible. Instead of the blue "intermediate units" there will be muqarnas units with a wall. The result is a slimmer and higher muqarnas that matches both Uluengin's analysis and the photo.
Below, the five-layer reconstruction is shown which is based on the rule "back on curve".

Check the animation to find out the composition of this muqarnas.
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Nigde


Muqarnas

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Analysis M. Fatin Uluengin


Design

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Construction Plate


Student Task

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Computer reconstructie (STL) binnenkant van onderen


Computer reconstructie (STL) binnenkant links voor

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Coding

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Animation

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Nigde Ak Medresse (back on front)

The first attempt was entirely based on the rule "back on front". It contains four layers. The result looks like a collapsed wedding cake. So this is not the correct interpretation. The computer reconstruction pinpoints the cause. According to the rule "back on front" the blue units should be "intermediate units". As a consequence, the first layer does gain height, but rather depth, creating the effect of the collapsed cake.


Computer reconstruction (STL) inside


Computer reconstruction (STL) outside


Final Product

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