Concrete made of Wood – The green:house by Bauhaus University Weimar

Concrete made of Wood – The green:house by Bauhaus University Weimar


Weimar students experiment with a 1:1 wood concrete model on the campus.

On the premises of Bauhaus University Weimar the "green:house“, a "wood concrete experimental building", was realized in 2010. The building has been created as a campus expanding element under the supervision of Prof. Walter Stamm-Teske. Apart from the Faculty of Architecture and its Chair of Design and Residential Building, numerous university partners were involved in this project, supported by 20 partners from the industry, companies and professional planners, and last but not least the students.

Under the plain black shell of the four-story "green:house“ you will find 500 m² of floor area and plenty of state-of-the-art green technology, tested and evaluated within a period of three years. The service units of 80 m² each are held in a neutral design and can be arranged by the students of architecture as they see fit. Here, the power outlets coming from the ceiling panels along with a hook system, also attached to the ceiling, support this. They not only serve wiring purposes, but are also part of the exhibition system for works made by the students, for the lamps built by the professor and the students and other fanciful contributions created by the students.

Prototypical Material Deployment

In cooperation with Helika GmbH Reutlingen, Prof. Walter Stamm-Teske experimented with the ground-breaking building material "wood concrete“. Wood concrete mainly consists of wood chips and concrete as a binding agent. It displays outstanding structural-physical properties such as insulation and also fire protective characteristics.

Apart from extraordinarily positive thermal and acoustical properties this building material also features other advantages. It turns out to allow for an easy and quick installation and is thus very efficient and pathbreaking regarding its production process.

For the green:house project, the wood concrete has been pressed into slabs with a thickness of eight centimeters, which were then mounted on a wooden frame construction. Despite industrial prefabrication it is similar to a solid building construction.

Through this already green:house achieves, after the completion of the building shell, passive house standards and, after installing sun collectors and solar modules, it even reaches zero-energy standards.

Apart from that, inside the wood concrete experimental building by Bauhaus University Weimar, a ventilation system takes care of fresh air, the floor heating system gets heat from a surplus of energy from the neighboring buildings, and all windows have three layers and are firmly installed. Only required openings, such as the access to the second emergency route in the form of also three-layered casement windows, have been cut out.

"Final Goal of all sculptural Work is to build!“ (Walter Gropius, 1919)

green:house by Bauhaus University Weimar not only served the developers and industrial partners as a research project, but also was a hands-on experimental ground for the students. This way the project turned out to be a real-life area of application for more than 50 Bachelor and Master students at the Faculty of Architecture, just the way we know it from the historical Bauhaus idea. Closeness to real-life architecture was supported in this project along with interdisciplinary work.

Project details


Chair for Design and Residential Building


Completion: Winter 2011/12


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clodymony 20. October 2014 - 18:56

This building looks amazing! Some people consider that if you want to construct a "green building" you need to invest a lot of money but the truth is different as you just have to create a wood structure and to hire a good team from in order to install the plumbing system. The rest is easy as you have to install some solar panels in order to save energy and to protect the environment.

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clodymony 20. November 2014 - 17:51

This article provides quality information! It is amazing to see how much the technology advanced and nowadays, people have the opportunity to build energy efficient and "green" houses very easily and without spending so much money. If you are planing to build such a house then you should also focus on installing some solar panels as they are very efficient. Moreover you should also think in hiring an AC repair team in order to install your heating and cooling system.

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anniepark1 25. November 2014 - 17:22

Well, now that's learning. What better way to show these kids how it's done than actually making them do it. It's a challenge to build a green home these days, especially if you're still a student but it's a challenge that can only bring great benefits for all the parts. If you guys lack resources for green elements you should check this resource. For sure you'll find a lot of support here. Keep up the good work!

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prabirbanik82 3. December 2014 - 12:12

The concept of a green house is really exciting and in near future people could hope to find a larger number of such houses in every community. However, you too can save energy and cause less damage to the environment if you maintain your HVAC system properly. You can find a good HVAC company online now, for instance, if you need a company that provides heating repair in Raleigh, NC you can find that online in a jiffy.

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clodymony 3. December 2014 - 21:34

The idea of creating a wood concrete house is great and it prooved to be one of the most eco friendly buildings. Besides its great wood structure, it also has a beautiful interior design. The combination between hardwood flooring and modern furniture gives it an interesting look.

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prabirbanik82 4. December 2014 - 11:20

The concept of green house is increasingly becoming popular and people are looking for ways to make their residences greener. If you adopt green technology then you could save money on energy bills, so if you are a resident of Las Vegas then you should look for residential solar panels in Las Vegas, it would help you save money and the environment.

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valyspin 5. March 2015 - 11:13

Every building owner must do some tests to find out the strong and the weak points of the building, in order to strengthen it. After they finish doing this, they could renovate some rooms that need an improvement. These days, some homeowners prefer to install a Mataverde Decking in front of their home, to have a private space to read a good book and enjoy a beautiful day. This deck can be considered a great home improvement!

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modhuleenab 6. March 2015 - 12:31

It was indeed a wonderful experiment and now this concept should be used elsewhere too. However, now you can find all home related products online, in fact if you need South Seas spas in CT, you can find that online as well.

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valyspin 6. March 2015 - 14:54

Homeowners have so many opportunities to enhance their home's exterior, the back or front yard. For instance, a unique deck, with a Metal baluster low cost Cincinnati will go great with any house. The color, design, shape and size will be chosen by the homeowner, but the rest will be done by a professional company.

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prabirbanik82 12. March 2015 - 11:38

The concept behind this creation is definitely amazing and it would soon become a popular choice in the market. However, if you have just build a home then now you should start decking it up with beautiful eco friendly home decor items. To create an elegant look you should furnish your home with beautifully crafted solid wood furniture.

Benni.Gholami 12. June 2015 - 5:02

It's really quite hard to believe that tis concrete look is based on wood! I think that a lot of villas for sale might be converted into something like this in Nai Harn because of the amount of good quality timber we can get in Thailand. But the concrete industrial look is also quite "in" at the moment too, so that would probably work out well for people who are redecorating and refurbishing their homes!

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wilges.marcio 2. November 2015 - 6:34

As we grow alongside technological advances, we manage to develop beneficial projects along the way that involve more than just one industry. This wooden concrete house is one highly modern development that spells out futuristic in more ways than one. The removal of the items inside must also be easy as the building is spacious for convenience of moving around the area.