Architectural structure
Hannover, Germany

Traditional «Holzmiete» in Usedom, Germany

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In search of an universal and sustainable storage method, I was inspired by tradition. Firewood storage in the form of a round stacked woodpile has proven itself over centuries and has many advantages. But stacking the wood is not easy and requires some practice.

The division of the structure into four seperate segments makes it easier to arrange the firewood. Furthermore it gives the possibilities to sort the logs by storage year or wood type.

When analysing this method, another downside stood out: the upper logs serve as main weather protection, but are removed first. During the heating season - particulary in autumn and winter - the dry layers below are exposed to rain and snow. It gets

clear that the efforts of careful storage may become absurd.

The design solves this disadvantage by the installation of a permanent roof. This protects the stored wood continuously from weather influences.


Single steps of assemblage


The load-bearing stud frame is internal and thus optimally protected from the weather. This way, the construction of the stack becomes less relevant and the focus is on the essential: the stacked firewood!


In order to facilitate the stacking of the inner rows, the supports of the wood stack are removable. If one of the shelves is not used, the supports can be put aside if wanted.


With the variable partitions, the storage area can be subdivided as desired. This partitioning not only facilitates stacking, it also allows different types of wood to be stored separately or firewood to be divided by year.


The aluminium parapet border allows easy greening of the flat roof. Sowing flower mixtures is not only a pleasure for the owner, but contributes to the biodiversity.