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The open skywalk is the architectural eyecatcher of the new visitor and information centre for the Black Forest National Park (Image credits: bloomimages / sturm und wartzeck, Dipperz)
The open skywalk is the architectural eyecatcher of the new visitor and information centre for the Black Forest National Park (Image credits: bloomimages / sturm und wartzeck, Dipperz)

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ZÜBLIN Timber building national park visitor centre in Black Forest

  • Ensemble of timber-built structures
  • Skywalk and inclined viewing tower create architectural eyecatcher

ZÜBLIN Timber has been chosen to build the new visitor and information centre for the Black Forest National Park. The wood architectural sculpture is based on a design by the architects sturm und wartzeck. Construction on the ensemble of timber-built structures at Ruhestein pass (elev.: 915 m) will begin in June 2018 and will last until the spring of 2019. Overall completion of the new visitor centre is scheduled for 2020. The ZÜBLIN project has a contract value of approximately € 5.5. million.

As an architectural flagship for the national park, the visitor centre was designed to blend into its surroundings by recreating a natural forest situation using mainly local timber products, especially silver fir from the nearby region. The eight separate elongated structures, each up to 65 m in length, create the image of a pile of fallen trees as can be found in an unspoilt forest setting. The one-to-two storey buildings are vertically and horizontally offset in a criss-cross pattern at a slight incline. The visual highlight of the ensemble is the open skywalk connecting the visitor centre with a 35 m tall viewing tower inclined at a 15-degree angle that offers visitors a one-of-a-kind view over the fir and spruce forest.

From the shop drawings to the installation planning all the way to production and assembly, ZÜBLIN Timber is handling all glulam and cross laminated timber works, the trusses of BauBuch veneer lumber with a long span of more than 60 m, all steel connections as well as the construction of the viewing tower using steel trusses.

The 3,000 m² new building will not only serve as an information centre for park visitors but will also house the park administration offices. The spatial concept includes a 1,000 m² interactive permanent exhibition space, areas for temporary exhibitions and presentations, education rooms, a bistro and a cinema to make the national park centre an attractive destination.



Stuttgart-based Ed. Züblin AG has about 14,000 employees and, with an annual output of over € 3 billion, is one of Germany’s leading construction companies. Since it was founded in 1898, ZÜBLIN has been successfully realising challenging construction projects in Germany and abroad and is the number one in the German building construction and civil engineering segment. The company’s range of services comprises all construction-related tasks – from civil engineering, bridge building and tunnelling to complex turnkey construction to construction logistics, structural timber engineering and public-private partnerships. ZÜBLIN attaches great importance to partnership-based cooperation, and our ZÜBLIN teamconcept has proved its value as a successful partnering model for about 20 years now. Current construction projects of the company, a subsidiary of globally operating STRABAG SE, include the new Axel Springer building in Berlin, Messehalle 12 in Frankfurt and the Albabstieg Tunnel along the new Wendlingen–Ulm railway line. More information is available at

ZÜBLIN Timber stands for ambitious and pioneered solutions in the field of timber construction. We are a single-source provider for the development, production, delivery, and execution of high-quality timber construction systems – from simple structural frames to complex timber engineering to turnkey project execution. We work hand in hand with our clients to develop efficient solutions and a sustainable quality of life.

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