Reaching new heights

Materials World magazine
1 Feb 2018

Norway is to build the world’s tallest timber building. 

Set to break records in timber construction, Norway is building a structure 80m tall. North of Oslo, Mjøstårnet, named after Norway’s largest lake, will span 18 floors and house apartments, a hotel, offices, restaurants and an indoor swimming pool. 

According to Scandinavian industrial group Moelven, who are supplying timber from local spruce forests for construction of the tower and swimming pool area, the building will be the tallest timber building in the world. This claim excludes timber buildings with supporting concrete cores, such as HoHo in Austria. 

In December 2017, Arthur Buchardt, investor and contracting client, commented, ‘The assembly and construction of the Mjøstårnet [...] will be managed without external scaffolding, despite the complexity of working at heights. We are primarily using cranes and supplementing with lifts as needed. We have reached 33m to date, meaning we have 48m to go.’ 

Buchardt claims building with timber is environmentally friendly, producing less CO2 emissions than concrete, and hopes this project will encourage others to build with timber. Construction is scheduled to be complete in December this year.