Hundertwasser Tower in Kuchlbauer's World of Beer in Abensberg, Germany

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The Kuchlbauer tower is an architectural project built on the premises of the German brewery Kuchlbauer in Abensberg, Germany. The tower with a height of 34.19 m was designed by the Austrian artist Friedrich Stowasser, better known as Friedensreich Hundertwasser. Unfortunately, he died in 2000 when the project was still in its planning stages.

Structural Engineering Engineering office for structural planning and fire protection
Uhrmacher GmbH, Abensberg, Germany
Architect Peter Pelikan
Vienna, Austria
Construction Gruener Janura AG
Glarus, Switzerland
Investor Brauerei zum Kuchlbauer GmbH & Co. KG, Abensberg
The following information refers to the calculated structure of the roof ball in RSTAB.

Approx. Length: 10 m | Width: 10 m | Height: 5.5 m | Mass: 4.2 t
Nonlinear Effects: tension members
Number of Nodes: 348 | Members: 508 | Materials: 1 | Cross-Sections: 6

The tower was designed by F. Hundertwasser, who died in 2000 when the project was still in its planning stages. The exhibition inside the tower shows the brewing procedure and informs about the German purity law. In addition, visitors can see a collection of more than 4,000 wheat bear glasses.

The platform offers a splendid view of Abensberg and the Hallertau region in Germany which is the largest hop-planting area in the world.

Construction Completed After Death of Hundertwasser

The tower was built when Hundertwasser had already died. It was erected under the direction of architect Peter Pelikan and building owner Leonard Sallek who is also the owner of the brewery. Discussions were carried out on the part of the town Abensberg concerning monument protection. Finally the first foundation stone was laid in April 2007 and the golden roof ball was put on the tower top in August 2008. In January 2010, the tower opened its doors for the first time.

Roof Ball Structure

The German engineering office Uhrmacher, operators of the Internet planning portal, was responsible for the tower structural analysis. They used the Dlubal's structural analysis and design software.

The supporting structure of the roof ball consisting of 508 steel members was calculated with RSTAB. It has a diameter of 10 m. The total mass of the ball including coating is 12 tons. The construction of the tower required approximately 140 t of reinforcing steel and 15 t of I‑beams.

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