Hermann Kaufmann + Partner
The sawmill and timber trading company needed a 30 x 60 meter, pillar-free hall for the storage of dried timber, as well as for the air drying of various products.
With the requirement to use solid timber for the construction as much as possible, the idea came for to use fish-belly girders with a solid top chord, as well as diagonals of crossed 30 mm bar boards, and a glued bottom chord developed as a drawstring. These beams lie on clamped steel columns. The purlins were coupled, with about 1.5 meters overlapping on the 5 meter grid.
Arranged in the construction level, glass band (clear glass with aluminium profiles clamped on timber supports) forms a slight raised end of the massive structure. The underlying form is natural as the entire building, and fits the base area in an open horizontal form-work.
Location: Bezau, Austria
Type: Industry, Warehouse
Client: Metzler-Holz KG, Schwarzach
Project Team: Bmst. Jürgen Hagspiel - Bmst. Wolfgang Elmenreich - Wolfgang Hammerer
Structural Engineering: DI Ingo Gehrer, Höchst
Photography: Bruno Klomfar