Located in a small valley just in front of the Kyffhäuser Monument, the new visitor center will mark the entrance to the monument and region. It respects the heritage of the landscape and yet is bold and contemporary in its expression.
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As a new entrance building to the monument and region, the Kyffhäuser Visitor Center preserves the existing sight lines to the monument and creates new and direct visual connections with the monument. The building’s upward sloping roof gently directs views toward the monument and the surrounding middle-ground hilly landscape.
The visitor center naturally adapts to the surrounding dramatic topography and landscape, as a terraced building where each individual level merges together with the adjacent sloping terrain. A spacious platform and staircase around the building offers a place to gather and absorb the surroundings.
The visitor center is made of a pre-fabricated mass timber construction, with a transparent and light-flooded facade. Using a natural, robust, and renewable building material, the building reflects the nature reserve’s qualities.
The timber construction consists of a long-span roof cantilever beams to ensure high flexibility in programming of the interior spaces and meeting changing needs over time. Constructed with design for disassembly principles, the mass timber elements can easily be disassembled, recycled or replaced.
The timber structure consists of angled columns, creating stability for the roof cantilever. The transparency of the facade allows the landscape to extend into the building, where floor-to-ceiling windows frame the surroundings and flood the interior with daylight.
The interior spaces include an open and welcoming reception area with ticket sales and information, a multimedia room, as well as multi-functional spaces for events and exhibitions, spread across various levels. All spaces have direct access to the outdoor wooden platforms and the surrounding landscape, making the building accessible from all sides.
The center rewards its visitors with remarkable and highly calibrated views and a direct access to the historic landscape and the Kyffhäuser monument, while offering an innovative building easily adaptable due to its modular timber construction.