Station Urbach: Remstal Gartenschau 2019

We are very excited to announce that the Institute for Computational Design and Construction / Achim Menges in collaboration with the Institute for Building Structures and Structural Design / Jan Knippers will develop and build one of 16 stations for the upcoming Remstal Gartenschau 2019, a horticultural show in the Remstal Valley. The exhibition concept envisions 16 different landmarks along the river Rems designed by a various renowned German architectural offices:

Essingen – harris + kurrle architekten, Stuttgart
Mögglingen – Brandlhuber +, Berlin
Böbingen an der Rems – Staab Architekten, Berlin
Schwäbisch Gmünd – Florian Nagler Architekten, Munich
Lorch – Hild und K Architekten, Munich
Plüderhausen – Uwe Schröder Architekt, Bonn
Urbach – Achim Menges / Jan Knippers, Stuttgart
Schorndorf – schneider + schumacher, Frankfurt am Main
Winterbach – Burger Rudacs Architekten, Munich
Remshalden – Schulz und Schulz, Leipzig
Weinstadt – su und z Architekten, Munich
Korb – Studio Rauch, Munich
Kernen im Remstal – Kuehn Malvezzi, Berlin
Fellbach – Barkow Leibinger, Berlin
Waiblingen – J. MAYER H. und Partner, Berlin
Remseck am Neckar– Christoph Maeckler Architekten, Frankfurt am Main


The proposal by ICD / Achim Menges and ITKE / Jan Knippers is based on a collaborative research into highly performative timber structures. A double-layered construction of elastically bent, thin plywood sheets will be assembled into a vertical structure, acting as both as a landmark for the exhibition and a showcase for innovation in timber construction. Situated at a lookout on the Gaensberg mountain close to Urbach, the structure will emphasize the locality and be visible from far away. The project will open in the beginning of 2019.

A similar construction system was prototypically built last year in a workshop held by Oliver David Krieg and David Correa from ICD at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Here, two layeres of elastically bent plywood were joined with hygroscopically actuated dowels that formed a permanent connection once assembled. No metal fastener was used in the structure, which was almost five meters high.


ICD Institute for Computational Design and Construction
Prof. A. Menges, Oliver David Krieg

ITKE Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design
Prof. J. Knippers, Simon Bechert
Research Assistants
Kyriaki Goti, Shirt Katz


Remstal Gartenschau 2019
Gemeinde Urbach