For a long time the people at Ekkharthof lived and worked withdrawn from the world. After forty years of operation, the sponsoring association wants to open the anthroposophical institution – including the building. The new cantina is an example of the change towards transparency and inclusion.
The proposal to use ash for the construction came from the civil engineers. The native tree species is still little known as construction wood. For a long time, ash was mainly used for tool handles, sports equipment or floorboards due to its high strength and elasticity. The neue Holzbau AG in Lungern has specialised in the production of glued laminated timber from hardwood and supplied the primary supporting structure in ash, with frames, some of which were already assembled in the factory.