This angular, polygonal structure represents an unusual building project in the Ore Mountain (Erzgebirge) region in eastern Germany. The new Forestry Commission premises in Eibenstock were designed by the Leipzig-based architects Silvia and Sebastian Thaut from Atelier st. With its five roofs all varying in their angle the functional building takes its cue from the sloping roofs that are typical of the locality. Generous indents in the building beneath the large shed roof delineate the main areas of use and the points of access to what is basically a sealed edifice.
Inspired by the user's forestry work and the shingle roofing that is typical here, the entire building is covered with red cedar wood shingles split by hand. By way of contrast with this flaky, brittle material the indents are covered in smooth, shimmering aluminum panels. The interiors, on the other hand, are clad completely in wood in the form of oriented structural boards.
Photography: Bertram Bölkow
Detail of the facade of the Forestry Commission building in the German Erzgebirge | All photos © Bertram Bölkow
OSB boards of the interior: Fa Kronoply (www.kronoply.de); Ceiling lights Trilux, 616 series
Wall lamp "Eintopf" of MAWA, ceiling lights from Trilux
Garage doors: Custom made by the company Schürer Industrietorbau Gmbh (www.industrietorbau.de)
Hand Split Western Red Cedar shingles: Theo Ott Holzschindel GmbH (www.holzschindeln.de)
Aluminum frame construction of the garage doors from the outside covered with Alucobond elements by 3A Composites
Interior flooring: concrete floor slab with increased stress concrete grade C30 / 37; polished surface (Heidelberger Beton GmbH)