The Great Mosque in Algiers will be the third largest
mosque in the world and its minaret the highest. The region has a high seismic
risk. The project designed by a German team of architects and engineers is
under construction and will be finished by 2016. Due to the minaret slenderness
and to the special composite structure chosen to withstand lateral loading, the
structural design faced some challenging aspects. The paper presents the design
philosophy, some significant structural features and details of the
Cite this paper
D. Constantinescu and D. Köber, "The Minaret of the Great Mosque in Algiers, a Structural Challenge," Open Journal of Civil Engineering, Vol. 3 No. 2, 2013, pp. 27-39. doi: 10.4236/ojce.2013.32A004.
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