The new catering building for the Ekkharthof anthroposophical healing and education centre combines static principles with a formal language. The large glazed areas are structured
from the supporting structure in ash. Mighty columns of fine Swiss hardwood form the framework for the „Cantina“, the meeting place as a friendly and transparent centre of the social institution.
„The construction could also have been realized in spruce glulam. However, the dimensions would then have been about 40% larger, which of course would have changed the elegance of the supporting structure,“ says Bruno Abplanalp, Chairman of the Board of Directors of neue Holzbau AG in Lungern, which carried out the order. The company is considered a pioneer in building with hardwood and has long been producing BSH beams and special components in hardwood, in addition to ash and beech, also in oak or robinia.