Some months ago, in October 2008 Tempelhof Airport has been closed [was one of Europe’s three iconic pre-World-War-II airports] and architect Jakob Tigges, professor at the Technische Universität, had the idea to construct a 1,000 meter tall mountain [the Berg] on the former airfield. Is this a joke? Let’s hear what they comment on their manifesto:
“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. Its peak exceeds 1000 metres and is covered with snow from September to March… 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. Tempelhof no longer only is on Berliners’ minds: People come in flocks to – not to see the mountain.”
One of the most interesting things about the development of the project is that the only action that Tigges did was to open a facebook page and then friends and fans did it all! Suddenly the project was reviewed everywhere, in different languages and the page has now 3,098 fans -and growing!
The proposal is not a serious idea, admits Tigges; rather, it’s a provocation to use the site for something other than mediocre apartment buildings.
An example of the almost trivial vision that Tigges has about the Mountain, at the site they even has some virtual post-cards to support “the cause”:
For updates and more, you can follow the Berg on twitter: @thebergberlin
All images by: Jakob Tigges and Malte Kloes.