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Mosque of Algiers, the new BIM commitment for Contec

It travels abroad – specifically to North Africa – the new commitment of Contec Ingegneria, involved in the international team for the new mosque in Algeri, one of the biggest in the world after Mecca and Medina.

The project of the Great Mosque Djamaa El Djazaïr – developed by the international study German Ksp Jürgen Engel Architekten- involves the construction of a  wide religious complex in Mohamadia, located in east part of the Algerian’s capital, covering a total area of ​​400,000 square meters and equipped to host 120,000 people.

The main contract was assigned  to China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC), an international leader in the construction area.

This large place of worship will join different religious and cultural institutions: rooms for prayer and rooms to study the Quran, historical-cultural-religious instituteses of research, museums dedicated to the art and the history of Islam, libraries, commercial area and restaurants.

The hallmarks will be the minaret and the large dome. This last one involves Contec Ingegneria for the detail design of the cover made of a technologically material of aluminum plates Riverclack®. On it there will be installed the items moucharabieh, prefabricated panels boosted with fibers with decorative function too.

The dome will be high 28 meters, but elevated to a height of about 70 meters, with a diameter of about 60 meters.

This special panels will be provided by ISCOM (, a company of Verona specialized in metal roofing systems employing Riverclack®.

“We approached the task in an innovative way – says Eng. Paolo Cossato, Technical Director of Contec Ingegneria – through the approach of BIM application, very useful for the geometric complexity and the steps of production and assembly. ” “Working abroad is always a professional incentive to learn different methodologies and cultures of working” continues Cossato “especially for specific projects such as the Great Mosque of Algiers that requires to evaluate important aspects not only technical-design but also aesthetic and cultural”.