Michael and I decided to investigate further with a visit to SchwörerHaus’s HQ in Hohenstein-Oberstetten, near Stuttgart. It took us a whole day to get there and by the time we arrived in town, it was cold and dark. And snowing! We warmed ourselves up with some fine German beers before retiring early. We had a big day ahead of us.
It was just getting light as we set off the next morning. There’d been more snow, which was good news for skiers in the nearby Alps, but not so good for slightly bleary-eyed Cornish architects! Still, we managed to get there in good time to spend a whole day at the SchwörerHaus factory.
We started at the vast timber yard where there is a delivery of new timber every 30 minutes all year round. All the timber is sourced from within a 60 km radius from the factory, maintaining a low carbon footprint, with the yard being fully replenished every six weeks. That’s a lot of timber!