Aerium, the largest hangar in the world: from the N**i military base to the exotic amusement park.

Inside, it fits the Statue of Liberty. This is the Brand-Briesen base, popularly known as the Aerium, the largest hangar in the world. A gigantic building 60 kilometers south of Berlin started in 1939 by the Luftwaffe of the N**i army. A construction which impresses with the naked eye and whose fate has led it to try to shelter gigantic airships to reinvent itself to accommodate the Tropical Islands Resort, holder of the record for the largest indoor aquatic park.

Aerium, the largest hangar in the world: from the N**i military base to the exotic amusement park

The Aerium was occupied by Soviet forces after the war, who decided to enlarge a gigantic enclosure which already occupied around 1000 meters at the start. In the 1970s, it was decided to build aircraft shelters in parallel, which allowed the enclosure to reach 2,500 square meters. In 1996, the Cargolifter company decided to build an arch on top. Nail gigantic closed dome, 360 meters long, 220 meters wide and 106 meters high.

A 106-meter-high vault designed to house a gigantic airship

The CL160 was to be the star of this imposing hangar, but the 550,000 cubic meter airship was never built. Cargolifter AG went bankrupt in 2002, leaving the colossal hangar without a ship at its height. The construction of the vault was completed in November 2000 at an estimated cost of 78 million euros.

Aerium, the largest hangar in the world: from the N**i military base to the exotic amusement park

The dimensions of this shed are difficult to match. We have commented on its height, almost like that of the Pyramid of Giza, but it is that everywhere it has a size capable of equipping the Eiffel Tower. This is tallest pillarless building in the world, with a total volume of 5.5 million cubic meters.

The images of its interior are impressive. Carl von Gablenz, was his ideologue. A German businessman who believed helium planes were the future of transportation. It was the time of the great zeppelins. But fate gave the Aerium a very different use than we originally thought.

Aerium, the largest hangar in the world: from the N**i military base to the exotic amusement park

After going bankrupt, Cargolifter sold the building to Tanjong, a Malaysian company dedicated to property management and leisure. The cost of the operation was around 75 million euros, although the state of Branderburg funded part of the operation.

Why would a company like this want a military building like this? Attract nearly a million visitors per year. A few numbers which in the early years kept the business at a loss, but gradually improved as other areas opened up around them.

Aerium, the largest hangar in the world: from the N**i military base to the exotic amusement park

The largest covered rainforest in the world

The hangar is currently occupied by the Tropical Islands Resort, a covered park of more than 500 hectares of the gigantic building. The enclosure has a capacity of around 6,000 visitors per day and tropical conditions have been created to accommodate the world’s largest indoor rainforest.

In the Airium they remain 26º C and a humidity of 64%. We find there from the beach to restaurants, swimming pools and many tropical plants. The park is divided into different areas inspired by regions such as Thailand, Borneo or Bali. There are over 50,000 plants of 600 different species and a huge pool of 4,400 square meters.

Aerium, the largest hangar in the world: from the N**i military base to the exotic amusement park

In order to build the park, Tanjong had to seal the gate with more than 600 tons of steel, cover the walls with a grape filter and bring in huge amounts of sand. An experience that combines swimming in a tropical environment and observation of the gigantic chapel located more than 100 meters high.

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Source: Engadget

Aerium, the largest hangar in the world: from the N**i military base to the exotic amusement park