Furth im Wald, Germany
"The development goal was to provide a good atmosphere for me, my family, employees, customers and guests. To experience how people at HofLind open up their own space has moved me to get to the bottom of this phenomenon and to study it. By sharing the findings with others and including health-promoting advice, the Institute for Life-Related Architecture has developed. Now I am a member of the German advisory board for garden and medicine."
- Anton Robl, management
Robl Zeitlandschaften is divided into 4 areas. In the gardening and landscaping business, private gardens and company premises are designed. Landscape architecture does the planning for private, company and public projects as well as for village development. The health practice adds health-promoting and preventive potentials within the scope of consultations. In agriculture, forestry takes place. The Institute for Life-Related Architecture - ILbA e.V. is on site.
Description of measures
During construction measures care was taken to preserve the existing stock of trees. During earth movements it was determined that the soil remained in place and was sometimes used to create topographically designed areas with differentiated orientation for flora and fauna. Rocks existing in the soil were selected and stratified into cairns. All traffic areas are made of H²O-geb. ceiling. A pond and various water points hold corresponding amphibians. Morsh wood and compost heaps nourish various soil organisms. The local landscape attracts deer, roe deer, hare, badger, marten, grass snake and hedgehog, and much more. Buzzards, kestrels, ravens, kingfishers and swarms of finches are also present. Woodpecker and jay cross the treetops. I could also observe the traces of the lynx on deer hunt. The black stork has its nest near the border stream and above us the north-south bird flight line leads over the nearby gological incision in the border mountains.
Positive results of measures
A wide variety of indigenous plants and garden cultivars can be observed in a coexistence. In the park-like woodlands in the property there are indigenous tree species such as beech, hornbeam, oak, alder, fir, spruce, pine, larch, alder, birch, willow, hazelnut, occasionally with an age of up to 140 years. Trees, shrubs and perennials from a remaining stock of a tree nursery are also available as garden cultivars and open up to park-like structures. Bulbous flowers, shade perennials, aromatic herbs, species-rich meadows change through the garden year and attract songbirds, lizards, bees, bumblebees, hornets, admirals, dragonflies, wasp spiders, hoverflies, beetles and much more. The garden maintenance makes its own staff and the various niches are highly appreciated and also used for breaks in sheltered places. Customers and business partners regularly come to the grounds, inspired by the variety of life on offer.
Motivation and goals
My temperament and the growing realization that I want to develop and design a place to live and work in which the buildings, the depot and the functional areas fit in harmoniously with the place and the landscape. Since the design of my learning place was done in steps, the maintenance effort was manageable. Ét has been shown over the years that this type of near-natural design requires differentiated care development goals, but remains flexible in the care sequence.
Characteristics of the area
The property is embedded in a clearing at 450 m above sea level, open to the nearby border stream between Bavaria and Bohemia. The high valley, surrounded by a low mountain range landscape, has mixed forests and ends at the European watershed in the border mountains of the Bohemian Forest. Both the Atlantic and the continental climate meet. The border region on the European Green Belt is very sparsely populated on both sides of the national border and is home to rare species of flora and fauna.
Mowing the meadows once or twice. The perennial weeds in the transition areas are cut at the end of February and the excess leaves are stored on the compost heaps. Depending on the workload, 1 x annual aesthetic pruning of tree crowns and shrubs according to a care development goal. Cuttings become morass wood. The main areas of care rotate every year, and every 4 to 5 years the almost 1000 m² H²O are tied up. Surfaces are reworked and sprinkled with quartz grit.
Costs for design and maintenance
The total investment sum is difficult to name. For professional reasons, the functional and nature-related aspects of the company premises have been given further design emphasis on the site. Thus, it can be assumed that up to approx. 20 % of the construction costs of the company buildings and facilities will be covered. For the pure green maintenance of the area, approx. 250 operating hours p.a. are estimated, i.e. approx. 10,000 € net.