Housing estate Prinz Eugene Kaserne
Munich, Germany
Executing company
Huber & Sohn GmbH & Co. KG

Rethinking urban development

The site of the former Prinz Eugen barracks - now known as Prinz Eugen Park - was one of the last areas in Munich not yet developed close to the city center. For the development, the city consistently relies on modern timber construction. With high standards of climate protection and residential quality, Germany's largest contiguous timber housing estate is being built in the southern area. And engineered wood from Pfleiderer is also playing a role in the implementation of this pilot project.

Clear targets, clear goals

A total of eight individual timber construction projects with up to seven stories are being built in Prinz-Eugen-Park, realized by municipal sponsors, cooperatives and joint building ventures. The city has set specific requirements for the amount of renewable raw material to be used per square meter of living space. In addition, all designs must be approved by an advisory board that ensures quality assurance. In addition to sound and fire protection, the construction method and the sustainability and origin of the raw materials are also checked. Construction is only allowed if the strict criteria are met, and in return the project receives a total of 13.6 million euros in funding from the state capital. Small buildings with one to three stories are subsidized up to 0.70 euros per kilogram of renewable raw materials, and projects in multi-story residential construction are subsidized up to 2.00 euros per kilogram of renewable raw materials.

The magic word: wood hybrid construction

With a total of 180 subsidized rental apartments, construction phase WA13 is one of the largest in Prinz-Eugen-Park: Two L-shaped structures with green flat roofs are grouped around a shared inner courtyard in the design by Stuttgart architects Studio Silberburg. A daycare center for children is part of the ensemble, as is an underground parking garage. In order to combine the building physics requirements of five story levels with the sustainability specifications of the project, the architect and the timber construction specialist Huber & Sohn from Bachmehring near Wasserburg am Inn rely on timber hybrid construction: The basic framework of the building, including interior walls and floor slabs, was cast from in-situ concrete. Subsequently, the façade was made of modular elements. The modules, prefabricated by Huber & Sohn, are made of real wood planking, wood-fiber insulation board, diffusion protection foil, wood frame and a wood particle board; they are finished on the inside with gypsum fiber board. The use of the modular elements not only allowed the rapid closure of the building structure on a total exterior wall area of 9,000 m². It also makes a significant contribution to the fact that the building not only complies with the subsidy specifications for renewable raw materials, but even exceeds them.

Perfect symbiosis of ecology, building physics and economy

Huber & Sohn relies on Pfleiderer LivingBoard face contiprotect P7 for its façade modules in Prinz-Eugen-Park. This high-quality wood-based material is economical, easy to process in any direction, low-swelling, moisture-resistant, and suitable for load-bearing purposes. When installed, the occupants also benefit from good sound insulation and excellent residential health. This is because LivingBoard face contiprotect P7 is glued 100% formaldehyde-free and therefore particularly low in emissions.

Excellent choice: LivingBoard face contiprotect P7

The advantages of LivingBoard face contiprotect P7 in structural timber engineering convince not only urban planners and timber builders in Munich: This premium wood-based material bears the Blue Angel for environmentally friendly, healthy living products. It is also Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Silver. This extremely demanding sustainability certificate documents material health, recyclability and resource-conserving as well as socially responsible manufacturing. It thus meets all the requirements for truly future-oriented building and living!