Duisburg Constructs the World’s Largest Sandcastle

With no ocean in sight, and no sandy beaches, Germany’s Duisburg has entered The Guinness Book of Records by constructing the largest sandcastle in the world.

Using more than 3,860 tonnes of sand, a team of builders and designers from more than 10 countries took three weeks to build the 16.68m high sculpture. Depicting a stylized medieval city, the design also incorporates other familiar structures from around the world.

This was the second attempt by the city to claim the title of world’s largest sandcastle. Although, a large sandcastle was constructed last year, it sustained damage due to a collapse and for incorporating materials other than sand and water leading to it being disqualified.

This time, the builders used a different variety of sand, composed largely of a very fine quartz measuring less than one millimetre per grain and although there were also collapse problems the designers were able to adapt their design on the fly to reach the final structure.

The so-called “Duisburg Castle” takes over the title from a 15.24m high structure completed last February in Puri, India. The sandcastle in Duisburg will remain on view until September 29th, 2017.

Photo credit: http://www.dw.com/. Material used in the preparation of this article has been drawn from ArchDaily.


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