Mosquée d’Algérie by KSP
Jürgen Engel Architekten


Mosquée d’Algérie by KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten

Construction is about to commence in Algiers on the third largest mosque in the world, which will only be smaller than the pilgrimage sites of Mecca and Medina.

Mosquée d’Algérie by KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten

German firm KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten won a competition to design the Mosquée d’Algérie back in 2008.

Mosquée d’Algérie by KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten

At the centre of the proposals is a 265 metre-high minaret, which will contain lifts to an elevated museum and research centre at its pinnacle.

Mosquée d’Algérie by KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten

A prayer hall at the far end of the site will accommodate up to 37,000 worshippers beneath a 50 metre-wide domed ceiling.

Mosquée d’Algérie by KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten

The complex will also include a cultural centre, a Muslim school, a library, a fire station and apartments, surrounding a central square. The entire project is scheduled for completion in 2016.

Mosquée d’Algérie by KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten

KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten completed an art museum in China last year, which we published on Dezeen - see the project here.

See also: more stories about mosques, including a twisted mosque by BIG.

Here's some more information from the architects:

Laying of the foundation stone for the new “Mosquée d’Algérie”, Algeria

As part of the celebrations of Algeria’s National holiday on November 1st the foundation stone for the new “Mosquée d’Algérie” was laid at an official cere-mony in Algiers. This formal act marks the beginning of the construction of the world’s third largest mosque after the Islamic pilgrimage sites in Mecca and Medina. With its prayer hall for up to 37,000 people and the approx. 265-meter high minaret, the Mosque will in future be one of the largest religious buildings in the Islamic world. The complex offers space for up to 120,000 visitors daily and, in addition to the prayer hall and the minaret, boasts further facilities such as a cultural center, an Imam School, a library, apartments, a fire station, a museum, and a research center. Located a mere six kilometers east of the historical town center and not far from the airport, the new mosque com-plex, which has a gross surface area of approx. 400,000 square meters, is an important stimulus for the future development of adjacent districts. The new focal point combines religion, culture and research, while at the same time serving as a new center for the surrounding quarters.

Construction of the complex is due to commence in early 2012, once the requisite preparatory measures have been concluded. Commissioning is planned for 2016.

The entire complex is being built on behalf of the Algerian government on the basis of plans drawn up by a consortium consisting of KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten and the engineering firm Krebs und Kiefer International in Darmstadt, Germany. In 2008 the design submitted by the consortium from Germany won the international competition, and the ceremony for the signing of the contract for the planning services was held in July 2008 in Algiers in the presence of the German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Project Data

Developer: ANARGEMA Agence Nationale de Ré-alisation de Gestion de la Mosquée d’Algérie
GSA (total surface): approx. 400,000 m²
Gross volume (converted space): 1,750,00 m³
Height of the minaret: 265 m
Competition: 01/2008, 1st prize
Laying of the foundation stone: Oct. 31, 2011
Start of construction work: Early 2012
Commissioning: Mid-2016

  • helen

    Too modern a design for something it will never be

  • Dan

    Wow. Insane scale. I try to imagine a cathedral of the same size being built today. It would be empty…

  • edward

    The roof structure eerily reminiscent of Frank Wright's Johnsons Wax HQ.

  • Adam

    Stunning building with very traditional and historical styling. I would like to see more details when finally completed.

  • SuanneBassett

    absolutely beautiful on vast flat land. . .

  • him

    The underside of the dome in the third picture: the modern and traditional elements are not mixing well, and the dome looks small and out of place in what is otherwise an incredible space. Maybe it could be completely eliminated. And the minaret, too. Both of them seem extraneous, and without function, even if they are part of the tradition. The columns alone create an amazing and sacred atmosphere.

  • rac

    an interesting blend of traditional Persian architectural elements into modernist style… the perforated walls act for good light and ventilation, so also the (albeit Frank Wright's Johnsons Wax HQ reminiscent) roof structure as a multi-level roofing system; 4th image is spatially similar to japanese 'house within house' concepts where roof of complex below becomes shaded terrace…
    Agree with wrong scale of dome though… and the chandelier is so not thought through..
    also considering the scale of project from the plan, i would have totally loved it had it got some 'differential variation' in the roofing structure.. it might just get too predictable by the time one reached the interior halls…

  • Bravo! Great design and simple and sleek the minaret is perhaps over the top but the simplicity and clean lines are crisp and defined.

    Look forward to seeing some more drawings.

  • Ross

    That’s a christian baroque dome by Borromini, in St. Ivo. However, I don’t know the origins of his designs? I wonder if that matters?