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Architect plans massive man-made mountain

A 900m-tall snow-capped artificial mountain has been proposed by architect Jacob Tigges as a landmark for the German city of Berlin

To be known as The Berg, it would obliterate the historic Tempelhof airport, which has now closed, and become the biggest man-made mountain in the world.

The ‘wacky’ German architect hopes the snow-covered slopes would create an ideal location for skiing, and has already received backing in the local media.

The architect believes that extensive benefits of such a project might encourage other cities in Germany, such as Hamburg and Munich, and even the Middle-Eastern countries, to follow suit.

Astragal suggests central Shipley, West Yorkshire for the UK’s first Mont Madness.

Readers' comments (6)

  • has he thought about disabled access ?

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  • ^^^where is the song chief?

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  • y?

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  • Actually, Shipley is twinned with Hamm not Berlin. May I propose dumping a load of earth on top of that 'sponge' not too far away called Leeds. They have ambitions to build tall there and have a good recent history of trying to do things too big to sustain. Also it will bury all that awful rubbish built there over the last 10 years or so - sounds perfect.

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  • Actually, Tigges' proposal is not to build a mountain, but rather to pretend that there is one, to attract visitors. The submission came complete with a range of postcards and tourist info pamphlets.

    It wasn't a serious proposal, more a commentary on the lack of imagination of the authorities who set up the competition.

    Still, would be good news for Berlin's many unemployed ski instructors and mountain goat-herds...

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  • Why? and where is all the land material going to come from....

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