Germany’s tallest timber high-rise is being built in Karlsruhe

In early April, the ground-breaking ceremony marked the start of construction work on the new building for the Karlsruhe Regional Council. Together with the architects from wittfoht architekten, schlaich bergermann partner is involved in the design and realization of this innovative project.

Once completed, the hybrid-timber high-rise will be one of the tallest timber buildings in Germany with a height of 90 meters and 24 floors. The underground floors and bracing cores are designed in reinforced concrete. Timber is predominantly used for the supporting structure, the interior and the facade. In addition, a five-storey building will be erected on the site.

Along Beiertheimer Allee, an almost 3,000 square meters large park and a bakery with a café at the corner of Kriegsstraße/Badenwerkstraße will provide public use of the area. Apart from the Regional Council, the administrative school of the Baden-Württemberg Municipal Association, the accident insurance fund Baden-Württemberg, the administration and business academy, the Occupational Medicine Center Karlsruhe, and a kindergarten will also move in.

Simultaneously to these plans, the demolition of the building from the 1960s is also progressing. It was not suitable for further use due to high levels of pollution. Two smaller buildings, including the parking garage and the basement, have already been demolished. Currently, the high-rise building is being scaffolded and will be demolished by the beginning of 2025.

The new complex is scheduled to be completed in four years, allowing the Regional Council Office to move in as early as summer 2028. We are looking forward to this exciting timber project!