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Plans afoot to build vast pyramid next to Bauhaus

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The home of Bauhaus - one of the most important sites in Modernist architecture - is gearing up to welcome an unusual monument to the ancients next door.

Entrepreneurs have earmarked the German city of Dessau for unlikely proposals to build a 490m-tall pyramid - three times taller than the original Egyptian tombs.

Although the scheme, which will be built from millions of tombstones, sounds far-fetched, the 'Great Pyramid' project is understood to have already secured £61,000 of funding from the German government, and Rem Koolhaas has been drafted in to judge any subsequent architectural competition.

According to the backers of the development, led by economist Jens Thiel, the construction of the pyramid has also won the technical thumbs up from the Weimar Bauhaus University.

The project will be funded through the sale of the individual concrete burial spaces and memorial stones.

A plot within the 40,000,000m3 pyramid is expected to cost around 700 euro (£475) and the monument will take at least two decades to complete.

A statement taken from the project website says: 'The Great Pyramid can potentially be any human being's grave or memorial site.

'As monumental as it is affordable, it serves those of all nationalities and religions. Individuals who are either unwilling or unable to have their physical remains buried there can also opt to have a memorial stone placed instead. Stones can be custom designed with any number of colors, images, or relief decorations.'

The statement continues: 'The Great Pyramid will continue to grow with every stone placed.'

For more information see www.thegreatpyramid.org

by Richard Waite

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