PLACE AND URBAN CONTEXT
The zone for the new construction of the Forstwerkhof of Alpnach corporation is located in the Chilcherli area, on the northeastern outskirts of the municipality of Alpnach. The existing buildings and facilities, in the immediate vicinity of the corporation (wood heating, wood storage and transhipment, Spaltenhalle), are to be supplemented by the new Forstwerkhof.
The town is characterized by individual, large-scale industrial and commercial buildings, agricultural and military buildings. The majority of these buildings have a simple, rectangular plan geometry with a typical saddle roof and a wooden facade. In addition to the buildings mentioned above, the construction area is characterized by the adjacent mixed forest area in the north, both spatially and atmospherically.
BUILDING AND EXTERIOR
For the new building, the project proposes a horizontal, wooden and two-storey structure with a cantilevered pitched roof, which is placed parallel to the Chilcherlistrasse. This recalls, in its cubature and architectural language, a local agricultural and economical building. Through its presence, in its longitudinal extent, a new and distinct address for the Forstwerkhof is formed. Access to the Forstwerkareal is done via two entrances/exits from the Chilcherlistrasse. The area is formed as a precise orthogonal asphalt level on which all uses (parking, development, etc.) take place within the forest area. Along the Chilcherlistrasse serves a 1.5m wide green stiffener with single trees for better integration of the area into the environment and as a retention area for the resulting rainwater. In the southwestern part of the area, all twenty employee parking spaces are located near the staff entrance. Along the south-east facade, the visitors’ entrance, including visitor parking spaces and all access roads are placed in the Forstwerkhof and protected by the canopy. The rear northwest facade are also covered by the canopy of the washing area, the shelter and the gas station.
Location: Alpnach, Switzerland
Client: Corporation Alpnach
Project Management: Raphael Wiprächtiger
Timber Construction: Pirmin Jung Ingenieure für Holzbau AG
Photography: Rasmus Norlander