Saarschleife Lookout Tower, Germany

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Customer Project

With a height of about 137.8 ft, the lookout tower offers a unique view over the landscape of the Saar-Hunsrück Nature Park, into the Saar Bow Valley and, if the visibility is clear, even as far as the Vosges Mountains. The tower is the highlight of the treetop trail with a length of 4,101 ft, which allows for walks up to 75.5 ft above the forest level.

Investor Erlebnis Akademie AGBad Kötzting, Germany
www.eak-ag.de
Architect Architekturbüro Josef Stöger
stoeger-koelbl.de
Planning, Structural Engineering, and Construction WIEHAG GmbH
www.wiehag.com
Structural Analysis of Foundations Ing.-Büro Wolf GmbH
D-94036 Passau

Model

The tower was designed in a semicircle to mirror the Saar Bow. The semicircular form was also chosen as an effective way to minimize the impact on the quartzite biotope.

The company WIEHAG GmbH was responsible for the planning, structural analysis, design, fabrication, and assembly of the tower. RSTAB software was used for the structural calculations.

Structure

There are 9 straight glued-laminated beams arranged rotationally and symmetrically around the longitudinal axis of the tower. These are connected by 5 horizontal rings made of steel tubes. The steel tubes are rigidly connected to the main columns around the local z-axis to avoid lateral deflection of the columns out of the plane. There is a mesh of steel diagonals between the columns.

Another stiffening structure consisting of two suspended steel tubes and a stiffening cross is located between both edge columns.

The angle between the columns is 18° in the edge area and 24° in the other areas. The tower has a diameter of 40 ft, referred to the center of the glulam columns.

The tower can be accessed from the treetop trail at a height of about 65.6 ft. A helical ramp with a width of 8.2 ft is attached to the inside and outside of the columns and leads up to the viewing platform.

The platform is 19.7 ft wide and consists of steel cantilever beams, protruding to the outside and connected to the timber columns. On the cantilever beams, there are again timber stringers covered by the wooden floor.

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