Neue Post aus dem Dreiländereck am Osten des Bodensees.

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ממשולש על המזרחי של אגם קונסטנץ.

Architecture and Security – Diving into Structure

Thoughts born walking along a footbridge.

As a matter of fact, taking the crossing of lines as an example of amplifying security is a very basic strategy. The most simple bearing structure for a hut, a tent, consists of three poles with roughly the same length, rammed into the ground at the sides of an equilateral triangle, leaning to each other at the same angle, meeting in one point and stabilized and tied together with a cord for example. To finish the job and make it something to be used, just cover it with a blanket or a few fitting pieces of fur and the tent is ready.

panorama Pfahlbauten am Bodensee / Lake Constanz  (c) H.R.Hiegel 2012

But what happens if the tent is placed into the water, at the shore of a lake? Isn`t it more spacious to pile four instead of three poles into the ground, stabilize them with a variety of gadgets and put a proper roof on top?

What happens if a larger bunch of people decide to live together and have their tents, their primitive huts, their houses arranged as a village? It´s more security then. But they do want to have their own privacy!. Well, we need one more large gadget. A walkway and boatwalk without Rolling Stones.


ancient link (c) H.R.Hiegel

A walkway, a footbridge without handrails or balustrades maybe dangerous. Add a vertical stick at certain intervals and put on them slim horizontal poles. Secure the intersection, if necessary just use wood and nothing else: this is what is shown on the picture above. The original railing, a couple of thousand years ago.

Question and answer, Dr. Gunter Schöbel, Pfahlbaumuseum Unteruhldingen (DE), here you can find a question like Q-007-EN:

Which kind of wood is used for the stilts, footbridges and houses of the lake dwellings?

And the answer to go with it: In Unteruhldingen mainly oak was used for the stilts and footbridges as it is very durable, additionally pine and ash. In the protected interior, less durable wood sorts are taken, such as beech, willow, poplar, maple and alder.