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Agency for Rural Development (ALE), Tirschenreuth

Category: Administrative building
Total construction time: April – August 2012

An office building for 150 employees.


The logistics of constructing a building of this scale presented a challenge for Gumpp & Maier GmbH.


The price was weighted at only 10% whereas the other criteria – such as technical merit, ecological credentials, design, functionality – accounted for 90% of the achievable points in the tendering process.
So we were competing on quality rather than only on price for this project.


We realised this project using an innovative facade system consisting of pre-fabricated wooden surfaces left open to view.


The design competition enabled us to avoid potential problems in the technical dimensioning and optimise project costs.


Ecological credentials were pre-defined as heavily weighted criteria in the invitation to tender. The architect's plan we executed employed timber in its structural elements and also in the surfaces. The wood was sourced exclusively from certified forestry operations. Having ensured that the facade benefits from wood protection by design and the innovative, mineral-based coating of the wooden surfaces, the maintenance requirements for the facade are anticipated to be minimal.


The building's facades clearly exhibit their wooden construction, underlining the way the Agency for Rural Development sees itself as part of a "green" public administration with the aim of ensuring vitality in rural regions.

Project partners 

Architecture firm SHL Architekten, 92637 Weiden –

Structural engineering
Lieb, Obermüller + Partner, 80336 München –

General contractor
W. Markgraf GmbH & Co KG Bauunternehmung,  Dieselstraße 9, 95448 Bayreuth –