Lipno Tree Tower, Czech Republic

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In summer 2012, the first Czech treetop walkway opened in Lipno in the presence of Václav Klaus, then President of the Czech Republic. A path 2,214 ft in length leads to a major tourist attraction: the tree tower.On the top platform, at a height of 131 ft, visitors can enjoy the wonderful view from the wooden lookout over Šumava National Park and Lipno Dam on the Vltava River. In the center, the tower includes a playground slide 170.6 ft in length, representing the longest closed slide in the Czech Republic.

Structural Engineering Structural Analysis of the Tower
WIEHAG GmbH
Altheim, Austria
www.wiehag.com

Structural Engineering Office
Ing.-Büro Wolf GmbH, Passau, Germany
Architect Architekt Josef Stöger, Schönberg, Germany
Investor Stezka korunami stromů s.r.o.
Lipno nad Vltavou, Czech Republic
www.stezkakorunamistromu.cz

Model

Tree Tower

The tower construction consists of an external circular ring based on nine glued-laminated timber columns which have been arranged in rotational symmetry and set up with an angle difference of 40° each, thus forming a polygonal, spatial structure.

A steel pylon made of a round pipe was built inside the tower. Steel spiral stairs with steel grids and a tunnel slide are attached to the pylon, which is connected to the tower at two height levels: at 78.7 ft and 131.2 ft.

Visitors have access to the tower using the treetop walkway, ending at 78.7 ft above the ground, or climbing the spiral staircase. From there, they can reach the viewing platform by climbing a spiral timber construction that is attached to the timber columns by means of cantilevered steel beams.

The construction has been stiffened by a close mesh of diagonal steel members anchored in the timber columns. Furthermore, four horizontal ring constructions consisting of steel pipes have been arranged in the lower part of the tower.

Keywords

Tower Lookout tower Timber Steel Timber structures Steel tube columns

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