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Design for World’s Largest Man-Made Mountain Towers Over Berlin

Posted By Yuka Yoneda On February 13, 2010 @ 4:00 pm In Architecture | 3 Comments

The Berg, the berg, jacob tigges, berlin, tempelhof, giant mountain, faux mountain [1]

German architect Jakob Tigges has unveiled a plan for a 1,000m tall faux mountain at the site of the former Tempelhof airport in Berlin, and his supporters are taking it rather seriously. Dubbed “The Berg [2],” the snow-capped colossus would be the world’s largest man-made mountain [3] and would serve as a tourist attraction for skiers in the otherwise slope-less city. We’re all about adding green space [4] to urban environments, but devoting an enormous amount of time, energy and resources into a gigantic landmass that isn’t even inhabitable on the inside seems like a huge mound of you-know-what, if you ask us.

the Berg City View, the berg, jacob tigges, berlin, tempelhof, giant mountain, faux mountain [5]

Plans for The Berg seem to have spawned out of a severe case of “peakis-envy”. Says Tigges in his manifesto [6] “While big and wealthy cities in many parts of the world challenge the limits of possibility by building gigantic hotels with fancy shapes, erecting sky-high office towers or constructing hovering philharmonic temples, Berlin sets up a decent mountain… Hamburg, as stiff as flat, turns green with envy, rich and once proud Munich starts to feel ashamed of its distant Alp-panorama and planners of the Middle-East, experienced in taking the spell off any kind of architectural utopia immediately design authentic copies of the iconic Berlin-Mountain.”

While it may seem counterintuitive to think that building a massive office building or condominium is more environmentally friendly than a mountain, it’s important to point out that inhabitable buildings cram tons of useful space onto relatively small footprints while a mountain (which from the renderings [7] appears to be filled-in with no livable space inside) occupies a huge footprint while providing almost no other use than a place to enjoy outdoor sports.

While it remains unclear whether or not The Berg is an actual project with plans of being built or simply one man’s pie-in-the-sky dream, the concept has already become a hit on Facebook with almost 3,500 fans [8] and has been published by multiple outlets in the German press. What do YOU think? Is The Berg worth building or just a mountain of rubbish? Sound off by commenting below.

+ The Berg [2]

Via World Architecture News [9]

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/the-berg-is-building-the-worlds-largest-man-made-mountain-a-colossal-mistake/the-berg/

[2] The Berg: http://www.the-berg.de/

[3] man-made mountain: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/09/14/colossal-green-volcano-rises-in-italy/

[4] green space: http://www.inhabitat.com/index.php?s=green+space

[5] Image: http://inhabitat.com/the-berg-is-building-the-worlds-largest-man-made-mountain-a-colossal-mistake/the-berg-city-view/

[6] manifesto: http://www.mila-berlin.com/theberg/bilder/Manifesto/manifest2.pdf

[7] renderings: http://www.mila-berlin.com/theberg/plan1.html

[8] 3,500 fans: http://www.facebook.com/thebergberlin

[9] World Architecture News: http://www.worldarchitecturenews.com/index.php?fuseaction=wanappln.projectview&upload_id=12764

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