The Waldsetzkasten (“forest display case”), designed by Bernd Riegger in Wolfurt (Austria), is a forest hut where children and their teachers can shelter and sojourn during periods of very poor weather conditions.

The Waldeulen (“forest owls”) is an association promoting education in a forest and outdoor setting.
The Spielraum Wald forest playground, in Wolfurt Austria, is designed as a holistic educational facility for the promotion of cognition and sensory perception, as well as to provide an opportunity for intensive activity and exercise in natural surroun­dings. It provides freedom to play in a fairy tale setting that inspires the imagination though playful learning in an ecologically-friendly environment.
Bernd Riegger Architektur, Waldsetzkasten, Wolfurt, Austria

In order to make this facility available throughout the year, also in times of extremely bad weather, it was neces­sary to equip the Spielraum Wald with an additional forest hut, in which children and their teachers can shelter and sojourn during periods of very poor weather conditions (rain/cold).

This forest shelter, known as the Waldsetzkasten (“forest display case”) has been designed so as to appear from the outside as an open shelving unit. The surrounding display areas are used by the children, for example, as a place to store and exhibit all the wonderful things they have found, as an insect hotel or even as a place to leave food for the forest inhabitants.

Bernd Riegger Architektur, Waldsetzkasten, Wolfurt, Austria
Bernd Riegger Architektur, Waldsetzkasten, Wolfurt, Austria

On the inside the Waldsetzkasten features an enclosed room where children and adults can warm up and have something to eat. In front of this room there is an additional covered open-air shelter. The large forest view win­dow connects the protected internal space with the forest adventure playground.

The main load-bearing structure is made of solid spruce timbers all the way round and is clad on the inside with spruce tongue and groove planking. Externally the tongue and groove cladding also covers the entire roof area of the load-bearing frame and this is then tiled with weather-proof bitumen shingles.

Waldsetzkasten, Wolfurt, Austria
Program: forest Hut
Architect: Bernd Riegger
Client: Die Waldeulen – Verein zur Förderung der Wald – and Erlebnispädagogik
Collaborators: Statik
Workmanship: möbelwerkstatt Gasser Manfred

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