WoodSolutions 2013 Central Europe Study Tour

PLEASE NOTE: THE DECEMBER 2013 TOUR HAS BEEN POSTPONED, POSSIBLY RESCHEDULING IN MID 2014. Updates will be provided through WoodSolutione newsletters to registered users.

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WoodSolutions 2013 Central Europe Study Tour

Seven days and eight nights of wonderful inspiration, information and fun in December, from Munich to Zurich for only AUD$3850*.
Join our group of architects, engineers, developers and building professionals visiting landmark projects - and meeting some of the people behind them.

Your tour leader for this tour will be Andrew Lawrence, a working specialist timber engineer and an Associate in Arup's Advanced Technology & Research Group, London.

Read what some of our previous Tour participants have said:

"The tour was exquisitely programmed with just the right amount of touring and down time for getting to know the other delegates.... the dining was a blast too. I'd thoroughly recommend the 2013 trip to Europe, it looks fabulous."

"As an architect actively involved with projects using engineered timber building systems, I found the WoodSolutions UK Tour to be an informative and engaging experience. It added depth to my client discussions."

‘The WoodSolutions UK Tour was an educational, brilliantly organised and inspirational fieldtrip that showed off the best of the UK's modern engineered timber buildings as well as a few old classics. The action packed tour raised my understanding of how wood can be used to build in a range of applications. The tour leaders were informative, extremely knowledgeable and fun to spend time with. In addition, delicious food, drink and accommodation topped off a fabulous week. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this fieldtrip to anyone and would love to attend again.'

" ....meeting many of the people responsible for the projects visited, made for a far more intelligent discussion of issues and I learned much, much more than I would have by simply visiting the
buildings themselves."

Travel in comfort and stay in style
You will enjoy travelling in absolute comfort on board a luxury coach and stay in carefully selected 4 Star hotels in beautiful locations set amongst the scenic beauty of lakes, mountains, architectural and music history. 

Access people and places not normally available
Our small tour group will visit high profile projects and meet some of the building professionals behind them - people you could not usually access. In addition, you'll also have the opportunity to dine with inspirational architects, engineers, academics, fabricators and contractors. Listen to their stories and gain from their knowledge.

Visit the International Timber Construction Forum 2013
The International Wood Construction Conference (IHF2013) provides architects, engineers and builders with an opportunity to report on experiences, processes and goals related to wood structures and construction. It is a multi-stream seminar program - with content ranging from case studies to an academic display area.
Supported by many of Europe's leading universities, professional associations and manufacturers, this is an invaluable opportunity to gain an overview of contemporary timber construction innovations.

Limited to 25 guests only

Saturday 30 November - Welcome dinner
Sunday 1 December - Saturday 7 December (inclusive)
Optional 2 day ski extension to St Moritz

For tour information, please download the brochure, or contact:

Eileen Newbury
Leading Edge International
E: eileen@leadingedgeevents.com.au
M: +61 (0) 419 313 163

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WS 2013 Study Tour brochure cover

Tour Program

WoodSolutions Central Europe Study Tour - December 2013 (subject to change)







30 Nov

Arrive at Munich airport




Welcome dinner

After dinner talk by architect Arthur Schankula, Schankula Architects - a specialist in timber architecture and construction - and designer of two modular timber building systems.

See Schankula Architects' website




1 Dec

In the morning, visit the Center of Languages of the UAS Weihenstephen, Freising; Florian Nagler Architekten (Munich), 2005

Visit merz kley partners, the engineers, website here.




Spend the early afternoon at the Neuschonau treewalk - a 1300m promenade and a 44m wooden tower enclosing a 500m spiral catwalk.

See pictures of this fascinating structure here.

Read more about it here.


Meet Joseph Stoger, architect, the architect who designed the Tree Top Walk Tower you've just visited.




Drive (2h) to Salzburg




2 Dec

Tour the Wiehag glulam factory




Visit the Zinkenbach Pedestrian bridge

Discover more about the bridge at the Wiehag website.




Visit the Salzburg Sports arena

Discover more about the arena at the Wiehag website.




Visit the New Wels Exhibition Centre

Discover more about the Exhibition Centre at the Wiehag website.




3 Dec

Tour the Binderholz CLT factory

Visit the factory website here.

St Georgen



Visit Germany's first 8-storey timber building, the CLT Office and Apartment Building, Bad Aibling; Schankula Architects (Munich), 2011.

Read about the building at the architects' website

Near factory



Optional visit to the nearby Hotel "Tannerhof", Bayrischzell; Prizewinner German Timber Awards 2013

This 'nature hotel' is nestled in a country valley. Discover more here.




Drive (2h) to Garmisch




4 Dec

Spend the day at the International Wood Construction Conference (IHF2013) seeing the latest, techniques and processes.

Or take time out.

A Q&A session with Hermann Kaufmann is an invaluable opportunity to ask questions about things you've seen at the conference, or any other timber topics.




5 Dec

Spend the morning catching up with the parts of the conference you missed yesterday, or take time out.




In the first part of the afternoon, go to the Tax office Garmisch-Partenkirchen; Reinhard Bauer Architekten (Munich), 2010; Prizewinner German Timber Awards 2013

See the architect's website here.




Then visit the Alpenhotel Ammerwald, Reutte; Oskar Leo Kaufmann/Albert Rüf ZT GmbH (Dornbirn), 2008. Spectacularly located, this is the BMW group's own hotel and seminar centre. Mirroring their automotive industry clients, the architects used prefabrication during construction.

See a pdf about the hotel here.




Drive to Dornbirn (2h)




6 Dec

Attend a presentation by Austrian Developer CREE at LCT1 Dornbirn, their timber-concrete hybrid HQ; also by Christoph Dunser of Hermann Kaufmann Architekten. 

Discover more about the innovative CREE by Rhomberg composite building system here.  




Visit Hermann Kaufmann's Community Centre & Housing Projects, Ludesch

See an online profile of the Community Centre project here.




Tour the Kaufmann/CREE building IZM at Vandans with Chistoph Dünser from Kaufmann Architects.

Introduce yourself to the building here.




Drive to Zurich (90 mins)




7 Dec

In the morning, tour the Tamedia Building (Shigeru Ban Architect) - hosted by Blumeer Lehmann

See more of this wood framed structure that uses traditional Japanese carpentry, executed by CNC.




Lunch at the Stadium Letzigrund, with Carlo Galmarini,from Walt Galmarini Engineers, as your host.

Find out more about the Stadium here.




Following lunch, Carlo will take you on a tour of the Elephant House under construction at Zurich Zoo

See the Elephant House here




At the farewell dinner, you'lll see a presentation by Konrad Merz, Structural Engineer and Principal of Merz Kley Partner.  This firm is responsible for the structural design of many award winning European projects - some of which you will have visited.

Visit Merz Kley Partner's website here






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