• Besucher- und Informationszentrum am Ruhestein
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Ruhestein Visitor and Information Center

Baiersbronn, Germany, 2020

A new visitor and information center is being built for the Black Forest National Park. The location for the new center is over 900 m above sea level in the midst of wooded slopes. Therefore, the design takes up the association of dead trunks stacked on top of each other. This image was transferred to the individual structures of the center in terms of proportions and materials. The up to 65 m long boxes created in this way offer space for 3,000 m² of exhibition area. The facade was also to be oriented towards the surrounding nature of the Black Forest and to receive a wooden shingle cladding.
Despite its considerable size, the complex blends harmoniously into the surrounding nature with this architectural concept.
The box walls are designed as timber frame works with slim beech beams or huge cross laminated timber panel. For an efficient building process at side, roof and floor elements of 20 m² are preassembled in the workshop.
The unique 15° inclined wooden viewing tower with an height of 34 m is also designed by cross laminated timber panels.
A highlight of the visitor center will be the open skywalk. Designed as a framework bridge with hybrid clued laminated timber and a span of 65 m, it spans between the visitor center and the viewing tower. From there, visitors will have an unique view over the treetops.

  • Location

    Baiersbronn, Germany

  • Architect

    Sturm + Wartzeck, Dipperz

  • Client

    Landesbetrieb Vermögen und Bau Baden-Württemberg

  • Contractor

    Lang Bau GmbH & Co. KG, ZÜBLIN Timber GmbH

  • Our Scope of Work

    schematic design, conceptual design, construction design, site supervision

  • Boxes up to 60 x 8 x 5 m
  • Tower 4.70 x 4.70 x 32 m
  • Skywalk 3 x 60 m
  • Certification BNB (Bewertungssystem Nachhaltiges Bauen für Bundesgebäude)
  • Ruhestein Visitor and Information Centre © bloomimages
  • Ruhestein Visitor and Information Centre © bloomimages

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