Highly Insulated and Recyclable Solid Timber Construction

Today, the construction industry is used to combining many materials from different origins in the same building element. The resulting construction systems are highly complex but difficult to separate and recycle. On the other hand, timber as a building material already has the potential to combine many functions within its structure. It is the goal of the research project to develop solid building construction systems that fulfill the requirements of modern, energy-efficient and sustainable buildings by using single-material elements enhanced through computational design and fabrication methods. Based on a previously developed building element made from solid timber beams with insulating slits, a highly adaptable building system will be developed in reciprocity with the possibilities of computational design and construction. In collaboration with the Jade Hochschule and the International Building Exhibition Thüringen (IBA Thüringen) a prototype building will be developed, constructed, and evaluated.


ICD Institute for Computational Design and Construction, University of Stuttgart
Prof. A. Menges (PI), Oliver Bucklin, Oliver David Krieg

Verwaltung Professur Konstruieren und Energie- und Gebäudetechnik, Jade Hochschule
Hans Drexler



Forschungsinitiative Zukunft Bau, Bundesinstitut für Bau-, Stadt- und Raumforschung (BBSR)

International Bauausstellung Thüringen (IBA Thüringen)