Berliners may soon get more to see on the horizon than just construction cranes, if a German architect realizes his massive vision. The world's largest artificial mountain could sit on the spot currently occupied by Tempelhof airport, and provide a natural getaway for Berliners and tourists alike. Did we also mention the fine skiing opportunities from September through March?
Architect Jakob Tigges has named his 1,000-meter-tall mountain "The Berg," which may conjure up images of some bygone World War II-era redoubt. But the idea supposedly has many supporters among Berlin residents, and we have to admit that it's a novel way of one-upping all those other cities focused on having the tallest buildings.
If you're not sold on the awe-inspiring grandeur of this mountain, we'll let the "Berg manifesto" speak for itself -- and throw in some smack talk about other German cities in the bargain.
Hamburg, as stiff as fat, 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.
Perhaps something was lost in the translation there. Either way, we're looking forward to the next Bond movie where 007 rallies the neighborhood associations and fights a morass of city zoning laws to stop ... "The Berg."
Okay. . . Weather. Large Conical masses affect weather, locally and at a small distance. Will nearby burbs be able to sue the developer if they are plunged into Seattle-like weather? Or if a neighborhood is plunged into a daily shadow?
And if unskilled Backpackers become lost or trapped on this mountain, who pays to rescue them?
Oooooh, and what about an occasional TREMOR. You need to be near a faultline or have an Earthquake to have a tremor.
You know what, let's let Dubai or one of those hyper rich emirates plop several giga-tons of sculpted earth and watch for local effects.
Just because we can do something, does not mean that we should.
I once snow skied on a large manmade garbage dump in Wisconsin, I'm sure it wasn't mountain size, over 2,000 feet high, but it was a very large dump.
Ha, the way we are trying to outdo ourselves after this someone will try to make a mountain out of a dump hill...
Looks yummy, how will it be constructed?
I don,t now but maybe instead of wasting time and money on building a mountain MAYBE WE SHOULD GET HOMELESS OF THE STREET .Unless there going to use one to go the moon then from the moon to mars to cultivate it i am not interested.
Or maybe it could be used to put earth ships earth ships are houses that are made out of tires cans bottles dirt cement and other things. They filter rain water uses solar panels and all the appliance are very energy efficient and the utility bill is 8% of what most people pay in America.
Well, Berlin has the highest unemployment rates in Germany. Building this thing would be a MAJOR boost in their local economy, helping pretty much everyone. It's going to be hotels hanging on this, entertainment and all the industry behind the scenes. They would probably use the underground for everything, restaurants, parking, concert arenas, theaters, you name it. This would be HUGE. It would definitely put a big dent in the unemployment numbers.
It's not like they would be building it for the fame and awe. It would be a business and it would bring money. Otherwise no one would ever bother.
We all have visions but will he get financing. I wish him luck.
Let's build it out of ICE CREAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!YAY!!!!!!!!!!
I think it'd be cool if they built some sort of pseudo-utopian village on that mountain that was really out there
LIke one of the towns on the cg art world website in the landscape section
Mountains affect weather... just like someone said earlier. I think this is a big mistake too. I can just see the rock and mud slides now... they're going to need a lot of crazy-glue =P
Did anyone notice that it is just 1000 meters... That's around 3200 ft, not much of a mountain to cuase real changes in the weather pattern. It would make it dark earlier for people on the wrong side of it though, where i'm sure before they even build the thing they would get premission to do so.
And Marrach Tremor? what are you talking about? The place where they want to build it is pretty safe from earthquakes.
I think it is an incredible idea and one that should be promoted rather than argued about. After all, we're talking about Germany here, not the US! And at only 1,000m its not all that tall, but tall enough for some good skiing, as already stated. They could also build a huge concrete sheathed bunker inside it where mad scientists could plot the overthrow of the world... moohahaha...
you could get jobs for the homeless and new homes it could be a tourist spot were people can ski. If they build earth ships it will be cheep and easy to build and live in and earth ships are environmentally friendly.