44 metre high tree top walkway in bavarian forest national park
dec 01, 2012
44 metre high tree top walkway in bavarian forest national park


 

‘tree top walk’ by bavarian forest national park, neuschonau, germany
all images courtesy of bavarian forest national park

 

 

a curious hybrid of a miniature gherkin tower and the reichstag dome in berlin, the 44-meter tall ‘tree top walk’ in the lush bavarian forest national park
in neuschonau, germany is the world’s tallest tree to observation structure. starting from a 500-meter long wooden ramp out in the forest, visitors will
meander their way through the natural habitat eventually finding themselves at the base of a winding walkway supported by a series of vertical glulam
columns that create a sort of open-air dome over three giant 38-meter tall fir trees. the path, accessible from beginning to end with no more than a 6%
slope offers a complete view of the ecosystems surrounding a tree, from the different plants, mosses and creatures at the base to life in the canopy,
simultaneously providing 360-degree views of the trees themselves and over hundred’s of kilometers of protected forest landscape – with glimpses of the
alps on clear days. the radially-located timber pillars contain slender protruding wide flange beam that helps support the walkway. cross tension cables
provide lateral support with the help of rigid round metal tube crossbeams on the lower bays.  

 

 


walk-through of the project

 

 

 


timber tower in the forest

 

 

 


winds around three enormous 38-meter tall fir trees

 

 

 


winding walkway is accessible at all times, from the entrance to the top of the structure

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


the walkway creates a vertical solidity over the trees but allows light to seep in laterally

 

 

 

 


tension cables support lateral forces of the open-air construct

 

 


walkway at the top with transparent mesh floor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


bird’s eye view

 

 

 


the tree top walkway within the context of the lush bavarian forest

 

 

 


uses natural wooden columns to support the elevated path

 

 

 

 


entrance kiosk

 

 

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