Muqarnas/mogharnas are a traditional decorative architectural form of Islam. They were, and still are, used on the portals/pishtags of iwans. Iwans are a three-sided open area with three portals. Muqarnas are also used in domes, as in the Hall of the Abencerrajes of the Alhambra. On minarets, muqarnas are sometimes used to decorate the cornices of the muezzin‘s balcony
Top Muqarnas Element of the High-Rise
This Form Displays Fourfold Symmetry
Such a range of architectural expression shouldn’t be the sole property of the past. Especially, when so many new forms can be employed in urban and civic settings. This high rise muqarnas is but one.