01.07.2021, Bremen – In the summer semester of 2021, students of the DPB seminar developed Designs for an observation tower for the “Kranichwoog” nature reserve in the Kaiserslautern district. The property is located in a moorland and consists of two large and three smaller water basins covering almost 6 hectares of land. From the planned observation tower, visitors should be able to observe birds, as part of regional environmental education. Sustainability and environmental protection were the central themes for the design, with a limited budget at the same time.
As the “DPB Digital Planning and Building” department, we tried to meet these challenges with digital tools for planning and production. For example, metal connections were replaced by wood-wood connections and materials such as hardwood, round wood or recycling materials were used by the students. Digital prefabrication with robots and joinery systems, combined with connection technology for fast, precise assembly on site, save time and money. Appropriate methods, technologies and examples were presented and discussed at the beginning of the course.
Due to its location and visibility, the project has a “lighthouse effect”. It is intended to show modern solutions for sustainable, digital building. We were kindly supported througout the course by the project manager of the Kaiserslautern nature conservation authority (Untere Naturschutzbehörde), Mr Andreas Dein, who also accompanied us as a guest critic for intermediate and final reviews.