2015

This year, students have undergone a research on the historical structures of the Grubenmann family of master builders from Switzerland. Through the analysis of the structural system of existing buildings, the students conceived their own structural project. Thus, they reinterpreted the empiric knowledge of traditional wooden roof structure with the contemporary notion of spatial structures.

Publication :

Projekt Grubenmann / Grubenmann Project,
Ed. Stiftung Grubenmann-Sammlung, 2016

Abstract : Even after nearly 300 years, the structures of the Grubenmann family of master builders from Teufen, in the Swiss canton of Appenzell Ausserrhoden, continue to impress today’s architects, engineers, and cosntruction experts alike. This has prompted Yves Weinand, professor at the EPFL in Lausanne and head of the Laboratory of Timber Constructions (IBOIS), and his students to examine, draw, digitally record, and reinterpret the roof structures of the Grubenmann churches.