Norway creating a ‘timber skyscraper’< Back to Blog

Norway building 2A Norwegian developer is breaking records with the construction of what is thought will become the world’s tallest timber building.

Spanning 18 floors and reaching 80 metres in height, ‘Mjøstårnet’ will be some 30 metres taller than any existing timber building. Overlooking a lake in the small town of Brumunddal (about an hour and a half’s drive north of Oslo) the building will include apartments, an indoor swimming pool, hotel, offices, restaurant and communal areas. It is set for completion in December 2018.

Describing the project as “nothing short of world-class engineering” and “the closest we come to a skyscraper in timber”, investor and contracting client, Arthur Buchardt spoke also of the climate-friendly benefits of this construction.

“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 percent. [With this project] you could say that I have had my eureka moment. I want to help convey an important message… to build with wood is to contribute to the world breathing better.”

Norway building 4The timber required to construct the tower and swimming pool area is being sourced from local spruce forests. And, despite the complexity of working at heights, this project is being managed without external scaffolding, instead using cranes and lifts as needed.

Buchardt hopes that Mjøstårnet will demonstrate to the world that it is possible to construct large, complex wooden buildings and inspire other developers to follow suit.

While it’s a long way off from the world’s tallest construction (the 828m tall Burj Khalifa in Dubai) for an all-timber construction, the Mjøstårnet is certain to become an impressive landmark.