30.10.2021, Annweiler: A new research Demonstrator has been completed and is now open to the public. The Castanea Sativa Pavilion “Chestnut Cabin” is an innovative, experimental structure built entirely from sweet chestnut wood. These trees are highly resistant to drought and heat, but challenging to use as a building material. For example, the wood does not grow as straight as spruce and will corrode metal connectors, which makes it an interesting subject for our wood-wood joinery research.
The demonstrator was completed in December 2021, thanks to the generous support of our project partners CLTech GmbH Kaiserslautern, Landesforsten Rheinland-Pfalz, Forstamt Annweiler, Haus der Nachhaltigkeit Johanniskreuz, Holzbaucluster Rheinland-Pfalz and Hundegger AG. Funded by the Ministry of the Environment Rheinland-Pfalz (MUEEF). Special thanks to Jürgen Gottschall, Hannsjörg Pohlmeyer, Gregor Seitz and Michael Leschnig. We are looking forward to nicer photos and videos next spring. You are very welcome to visit the pavilion along the “Chestnut Hiking Trail” near Annweiler, Germany. It is fully open to the public and has just been fitted with sweet chestnut seating and a table.