HASSLACHER NORICA TIMBER, from wood to wonders
HASSLACHER NORICA TIMBER, from wood to wonders

Viewing tower Pyramidenkogel

© Holzbau Rubner
© Holzbau Rubner

The Pyramidenkogel rises 100 m towards the sky and is thus the highest wooden lookout tower in the world. The wooden tower, which offers a 360-degree panoramic view of Carinthia's wonderful lakes and mountains, incorporates a great deal of wood expertise, delivered from Carinthia.

16 mighty, elliptically arranged larch glulam columns spiral upwards as a "basket structure". Two viewing platforms are set on top of the structure, which can be reached via the 441 steps or the panorama lift. From a height of around 50 meters, the longest slide in Europe takes you back down into the depths. After opening in 2013, the Pyramidenkogel won the Carinthian Timber Construction Award in the same year. Now the tower, built by Rubner Holzbau, has already been standing for ten years, during which it has delighted over 3 million visitors.

It is closely monitored by the architects and checked annually for changes: So far, according to them, nothing has changed in the substance, and it is assumed that the originally estimated useful life of 40 years will be far exceeded. For the platforms of the Pyramidenkogel, the HASSLACHER group supplied 160 m³ of cross laminated timber from the site Stall in Mölltal and 300 m² of planed timber of the larch species as walkway decking and 200 m² of planed timber as external formwork from the site in Sachsenburg.

Project information
Location: Klagenfurt Land
Customer: Rubner Holzbau GmbH
Architect: Klaura Kaden + Partner ZT GmbH
Structural analysis and design: DI Markus Lackner
Building owner: Pyramidenkogel Infrastruktur GmbH & Co KG
Year of construction: 2012
Products used: 160 m³ cross laminated timber, 500 m² planed timber
Special features: Kärntner Holzbaupreis 2013 [Carinthia Timber Construction Prize 2013]