Jübergtower Hemer Landmark by Birk + Heilmeyer
and Knippers Helbig Advanced Engineering

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Jueberg Tower by Birk + Heilmeyer Architekten

Stuttgart office Birk und Heilmeyer Architekten with Knippers Helbig Advanced Engineering have completed this wooden observation tower in Hemer, Germany.

Jueberg Tower by Birk + Heilmeyer Architekten

The Jübergtower Hemer Landmark has a hyperboloid structure comprising 240 straight timber batons, criss-crossing in two directions around the tower.

Jueberg Tower by Birk + Heilmeyer Architekten

The batons thin out towards the top, affording different views as visitors rise through each of the five observation levels to the top deck.

Jueberg Tower by Birk + Heilmeyer Architekten

The 23.5-metre tower has a footprint of six metres, fanning out to nine meters at the top.

Jueberg Tower by Birk + Heilmeyer Architekten

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Jueberg Tower by Birk + Heilmeyer Architekten

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Jübergtower Hemer Landmark of the regional garden and flower festival “Landesgartenschau Hemer 2010”, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

With a 23.5 m high look-out tower, the “Landesgartenschau Hemer“ contributes a new landmark upon the city. The tower, which has been completed after a planning and construction period of merely nine months, comprises a hyperboloid of straight timber members.

Jueberg Tower by Birk + Heilmeyer Architekten

In 2008, it won the second prize in a competition and has been designed, planned and completed by the working group Birk und Heilmeyer Architekten BDA and Knippers Helbig Advanced Engineering, Stuttgart. It was officially commissioned on 17 April, the day of the opening of the “Landesgartenschau”. The look-out tower has been donated by the foundation of the Stadtsparkasse Hemer.

Jueberg Tower by Birk + Heilmeyer Architekten

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Visible from far away, the look-out tower Jüberg is prominently positioned at the end of a long flight of stairs, marking the end point of the city and the transition to landscape. The upwards expanding shape of the tower reacts immediately to the local circumstances; the forested hill Jüberg, the urban centre line and a 360-degrees view.

The construction of the building is based on the principle of the hyperboloid, which had frequently been used for steel constructions by the engineer Vladimir G. Suchov (1853 – 1939). It consists of 240 straight timber members of Siberian larch (glued laminated timber) with a cross section of 8 x 8 centimetres. A large-mesh structure has been designed by inclining two reverse planes of members, on which only the outer, delicate member system bears the loads. Additional vertical members, such as steel columns or a centre mast, were consistently omitted.

Jueberg Tower by Birk + Heilmeyer Architekten

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The simplified static model of the tower resembles a clamped tube. Due to the horizontal wind forces, the maximal applied load develops at the clamping position. Steel needles anchor the construction up to 6 metres deep in the bedrock. Above the foundation, the rigidity of the tower is reduced gradually from the bottom to the top by decreasing the number of timber rods. According to the diminishing loads, the mesh structure expands towards the top. The supports in the lowest plane consist of six individual rods, which are reduced to five in the next level, then four, three, and finally two rods. This allows for an increasing panoramic view the higher you get to the observation deck. Each of the five landing platforms creates an individual atmosphere due to the diminishing rod system.

Corresponding to the forest aisle, the foot of the tower has been kept slim with its dimension of around 6 metres. Inside the structure, five flights of winding steel stairs with altogether 125 steps lead to the observation deck at a height of 23.5 metres. The observation deck, which has a diameter of 9 metres, offers a spectacular 360 degree view.

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Jueberg Tower by Birk + Heilmeyer Architekten

Client: Foundation of the Sparkasse Hemer Represented by Landesgartenschau Hemer 2010 GmbH
Architecture: Birk und Heilmeyer Architekten BDA, Stuttgart Stephan Birk, Liza Heilmeyer
Structural engineering: Knippers Helbig Advanced Engineering, Stuttgart New York Thorsten Helbig, Jan Knippers Diana D’Souza, Fabian Friz, Adam Seidel (contributers)
Planning period: 9 months
Construction period tower: 6 weeks

Jueberg Tower by Birk + Heilmeyer Architekten

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Completion: 2010
Construction: Timber Rod-Hyperbolid
Height: 23.5 metres
Diametre foot: 6.0 metres
Diametre observation deck: 9.0 metres
Material: 240 straight timber members of larch glulam

Jueberg Tower by Birk + Heilmeyer Architekten

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  • http://archialternative.com/ Albert

    German engineering meets with Russian avant-garde of 30s. And it is all wooden. That's quite impressive indeed.

  • http://marcol.ch Marcol

    Look at this tower with a double helix stair all in wood (Lausanne, Switzerland): http://www.tour-de-sauvabelin-lausanne.ch

  • Zaedrus

    Now THIS is design! Expressive, attractive, functional.
    Well done! Bravo!

    Though the ramp shown in the site plan seems moot…

  • KaptnK

    are we back to old school comments?

    Much better

    • http://archialternative.com/ Albert

      Wa-a-a-ay better!

  • zecks

    elegant and effective. If only london 2012 had this, instead of the twisty mess proposed

  • http://www.furniture-cn.com gicasa

    very nice design,i hope someday i can go to the tower for a view

  • Peter

    Wow- Germans are the best and most serious builders in the world