Metzler-Holz KG - Storage Hall, Bezau
Metzler-Holz KG - Storage Hall, Bezau

Project Information


Metzler-Holz KG, Schwarzach



Project facts 1.800,00 m², GFA 1.900,00 m²,
GBV 19.800,00 m³

Project Phases
Storage Warehouse
Flying Roof

Text Hermann Kaufmann + Partner ZT GmbH,
Translation Bronwen Rolls

Photo Bruno Klomfar

Project Stakeholders
  • Structural Engineering
    DI Ingo Gehrer, Höchst

Metzler-Holz KG – Storage Warehouse, Bezau

What is more obvious a solution than building a warehouse for timber, from timber?

The sawmill and timber trading company needed a 30 x 60 meter, pillar-free hall for the storage of dried timber, as well as for the air drying of various products.

With the requirement to use solid timber for the construction as much as possible, the idea came for ​​to use fish-belly girders with a solid top chord, as well as diagonals of crossed 30 mm bar boards, and a glued bottom chord developed as a drawstring. These beams lie on clamped steel columns. The purlins were coupled, with about 1.5 meters overlapping on the 5 meter grid.

Arranged in the construction level, glass band (clear glass with aluminium profiles clamped on timber supports) forms a slight raised end of the massive structure. The underlying form is natural as the entire building, and fits the base area in an open horizontal form-work.

Project Details


  • Holzbaupreis Vorarlberg
  • Neue Beispiele für kreativen und wirtschaftlichen Holzbau
    ZN Z-074, Hermann Kaufmann, Bündner Wald "Holz ein Brennstoff als Baustoff", 2/97, S. 65-70
  • Lagerhalle in Bezau
    ZN Z-092, Informationsdienst Holz, Reihe 1, Teil 8, S. 18
  • Sklad dreva v Bezau
    ZN Z-031, ARCH o architektúre a inej kultúre , marec 2001, S. 22-23
  • Holzbau auf der Überholspur
    ZN Z-095, Walter Tschokke, Der Standard, Rondo Spezial
  • Industrie- und Gewerbebau in Holz
    ZN Z-132, Kaufmann Hermann, Informationsdienst Holz, 2007