Tree-based constructions

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Master's Course Architecture Research Field

Timber construction is traditionally based on prefabricated wooden semi-finished products with geometrically simple and versatile basic shapes such as rectangular or square cross-sections. Nevertheless, the production of wooden construction elements in the form of boards, laths, and beams involves a logistical and production effort that should not be underestimated. Due to the production process, only straight wood can be used for further processing; tree crotches with their curved and branched structure is generally discarded. The seminar is dedicated to the use of this material to the development of appropriate construction principles.

In the first part of the course, we will arrange visits to the forest to analyze the "harvesting" of the raw material. Subsequently, the raw material is digitized using image-based modeling. The data will serve as the basis for the design and development of components that will be used in a small self-supporting structure (designed by the students). The components are then fabricated from the raw material. The project concludes with a realization of the designs with 1:1 scale models. The course also includes teaching basic principles of load transfer in nature.



  • Understand the growth and resistance of wood grown in trees
  • Understand wood fabrication and construction tasks
  • CAD design from acquired wood
  • Construction assembly
  • Teamwork
  • Project management
  • Communication management
  • Technical problem solving

Language: English/German

Teaching methodology: Theoretical and practical work in workshop

Participation criteria and registration: Grasshopper & Rhino basic knowledge; To have completed basic training in Manulab (moodle)

Number of participants: 15 (BA and MA)

Appointments: Thursdays, 15:00 - 17:00

Place: Lehrstuhl für Tragkonstruktionen

Start: 28.04.2022

Submission: 28.07.2022

Tutor: Kevin Moreno Gata M.Sc.

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