Norway is to build the world’s highest timber building, around 30m higher than the current tallest recorded timber building.
The 81m high, 18 storey Mjøstårnet building, constructed entirely from timber, is currently on site in Brumunddal north of Oslo, and will be completed in December this year.
Investor and contracting client for the tower Arthur Buchardt said despite Austria building a “timber” building which will be taller at 84m high, that building will have a concrete core and as a result is a composite and not timber building.
Contractor Moelven said the elevator and stairway shafts will be made from cross laminated timber with the rest of the main structure constructed from glulam. The specialist timber contractor said it was the first time it had built the specific timber floor elements and the first time they were being used in Norway.
“The assembly and construction of the Mjøstårnet is nothing short of world-class engineering, and will be managed without external scaffolding, despite the complexity of working at heights,” said Buchardt. “We are primarily using cranes and supplementing with lifts as needed. We have reached 33m to date, meaning we have 48m to go.”
“The building is the closest we come to a skyscraper in timber,” he added.
The building will include apartments, an indoor swimming pool, hotel, offices, restaurant and communal areas. Its nearest rival is the 14 storey Tree building in Bergen, Norway which when complete will be 49m high.