Construction begins on world’s tallest timber tower in Norway

11 December 2017 (Last Updated December 13th, 2017 13:00)

Norwegian timber specialist Moelven has announced the start of construction of the world’s tallest timber building Mjøstårnet.

Construction begins on world’s tallest timber tower in Norway
To Buchardt it is also important that the raw materials are local and that they come from the forests nearby. Credit: Anti/Jens Haugen.

Norwegian timber specialist Moelven has announced the start of construction of the world’s tallest timber building Mjøstårnet.

The 80m-tall mixed-use building is being built in Brumunddal town, an hour and a half’s drive north of Oslo. It is named after the country’s largest lake, Mjøsa.

The 18-floor building will include apartments, an indoor swimming pool, a hotel and restaurant.

Mjøstårnet is claimed to be 30m higher than the existing world’s tallest timber building. Construction is scheduled to be completed in December next year.

Moelven Industrier Group investor and contracting client Arthur Buchardt said: “Mjøstårnet sets new standards for timber constructions. The building is the closest we come to a skyscraper in timber.

“Studies show that building with wood instead of concrete can reduce CO2 emissions by up to 30%.”

“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.

“We are primarily using cranes and supplementing with lifts as needed. We have reached 33m to date, meaning we have 50m to go.”

As part of the project, Moelven will supply the timber required to build the tower and the swimming pool area from local forests.

Buchardt further noted: “A project group established by Norwegian road authorities investigated the possibility of building the world’s longest timber bridge across Lake Mjøsa.

“Their studies show that building with wood instead of concrete can reduce CO2 emissions by up to 30%.

“I want to help convey an important message with this project. To build with wood is to contribute to the world breathing better. Through Mjøstårnet we demonstrate that it is possible to construct large, complex wooden buildings.”

It is important to Buchart that raw materials are locally sourced, so timber comes from nearby forests.