Titisee ranks among the most popular destination for excursions in the Black Forest area in Germany. In 2011, the area was enriched with the water park called “Badeparadies Schwarzwald”. Its external building shape can be clearly made out from a distance because it is practically made up of nothing but clay roofs. The aim was the design of a both aesthetic and durable roof, which meets the building’s extreme physical as well as structural requirements in this snowy environment. Two enormous pitched roofs made of clay roof tiles, which are positioned at a right angle to each other, provide the required cover and characterise the building. Using clay roof tiles, a traditional roofing material tried and tested in this area, made it possible to harmoniously integrate the complex into the local landscape despite its impressive dimensions.
The building with a T-shaped floor plan consists of a glass pavilion with a panoramic roof that can be opened, a long clay tiled roof with inclined glass fronts at the gable ends and a central light strip, as well as a second, slightly smaller clay tile roof, which covers the glazed entrance area at the front. The surface area of the large roof measures about 4,000 square metres and spans across the water slide paradise. The dimension of the enormous roof landscape, however, also demanded the implementation of special technical solutions, because the roof structure made of laminated wooden beams supports not just the roof load but also most the slides suspended from them.
Braving wind and ice
Extreme snow and ice masses of up to two metres are not uncommon in this region. Primary importance was therefore attached to a winter-proof design. The Wienerberger clay roof tiles are equipped with an integrated fixing system. The oversized roof masters storms and the seven metres of snow and ice without any difficulty.
Project nameBadeparadies Schwarzwald Titisee, Germany
ArchitectRudi Metzler GmbH, Hinterzarten
Koramic Cosmo 13 S, red engobe