Die Berg Komt Er: That Mountain is Coming


Humankind has always been constructing things from the first settled life periods. While doing this, people have always tried to construct more magnificent things than before, and have developed methods accordingly. In old times, according to a tradition in Egypt, people used to build little pyramids over their tombs. The bigger the pyramid is, the wealthier and the more reputable dead people are. Owing to this tradition, one of the 8 wonders of the world: The Pyramids of Giza (Pyramid of Cheops, Pyramid of Chephren, Pyramid of Mycerinus) came into existence, eventually. However, The Pyramids of Giza weren’t the only magnificent and massive structures that humankind’s constructed. Chichen Itza from Mayan society, Angkor Wat from Cambodian people, Petra Antique City from Nabateans can be given as the ancient examples.  Chartres Cathedral from French society, Hagia Sophia Museum from Byzantine, are well known middle age examples and still, there are numerous structures from those ages.

Eventually, humankind took one more step with Burj Khalifa, which is almost touching the clouds. In brief, people have always developed the structures they built, as they develop themselves and have always tried to go beyond their dreams. So, as an engineer or an architect, how would you dream a magnificent structure, and what would it look like? Here is one of the magnificent structure suggestions from some engineers and architects. This structure was suggested by Thijs Zonneveld, and its original name was “Die Berg Komt Er” (That Mountain is Coming).

The purpose of this concept was to build a mountain onto an open field. Even though the idea seems unnecessary, it drew lots of people’s attention and became the subject of some studies, within a short time. This idea came to light on July 2011 with Thijs Zonneveld’s column about the mountain need of Netherlands’, on the Nu.nl newspaper. The mountain was designed as 2 kilometers long and 5 kilometers wide. For now, the construction does not seem possible materially and financially, for the need of 2.7 billion tons of sand is hard to reach, and according to the reports prepared by the Eindhoven University of Technology, the total cost will be more than 7 trillion Euros.

Şafak Türkeli


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