Carminati Serramenti is one of the suppliers of the third largest mosque in the world
One year after its inauguration, the Djamaa el Djazaïr Mosque is still being talked about for its great architectural, religious, cultural and political value. Algeria’s mosque is the third largest in the world after the sacred mosques of Mecca and Medina. This building has not only a religious but also a political character, as its founder, former President of Algeria Bouteflik, wanted to leave a legacy that would remind the whole world of the period of his government.
The complex was designed by the consortium of architects KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten and the engineers KREBS + KIEFER International, while its construction was completed by the largest of the Chinese construction companies, the China State Construction Engineering Corporation. Despite the fact that there was a lot of controversy over the cost and inaccessible location of this project, at present, the mosque is recognized as a monument of architectural and engineering importance, based on the most advanced construction technologies. For this reason, it is a great honor for Carminati to be the supplier of timber windows for this project.
The large dome overlooking the main building which hosting the Prayer Room has a diameter of 50 meters and a height of 70 meters. Its cladding made of a stone-adorned structure superimposed on gold aluminum plates, makes its volume visually light, thus recalling typical Arabian ornamental motifs. The various buildings of the mosque are not only intended for religious events, but also for other types of pastime. For example, there is a library, gardens, panoramic terraces, a research center, offices, museums, restaurants and car parks.
In addition to the sheer size of the mosque, which makes it an important pilgrimage center for 120,000 believers, another important feature of the Djamaa el Djazaïr Mosque is the 270-meter-high minaret, a veritable beacon and landscape landmark. On the other hand, the main stylistic feature of the project is represented by beautiful white spun concrete columns (618 in total) with capitals that are inspired by floral world, and in addition to being an original detail, contain practical and technological functions, including ventilation, flat roof drainage and improved acoustics.
The windows created for the Djamaa el Djazaïr Mosque fully reflect the characteristics of Carminati’s production. The artisan know-how combined with the most modern construction technologies, the Italian aesthetic taste and the attention to details, make it a unique product of its kind. All the windows are customized, made of oak wood with a sample finish and triple selective glass, some with manual opening and others with a delicate motorization system. The various frames, framing and the closing hardware designed specifically for this project, make Carminati windows an excellent example of the quality of custom-made products.