March 21, 2019
The world's tallest wooden building Mjosa Tower completed in Norway
The Mjosa Tower was officially opened on 15 March 2019, taking over the title of the world's tallest wooden building. The 18-floor building, located in Brumunddal Norway, reaches up to a height of 85.4 metres. The building includes a hotel, private homes and office space. Metsa Wood's fast, light and green Kerto LVL (laminated veneer lumber) products were used in the intermediate floor elements of the building.
The Mjösa Tower symbolises environmentally friendly thinking in construction, and it is proof that tall buildings can be built using wood. The design assignment of creating such a tall wooden building was a positive challenge for Oystein Elgsaas, architect and partner at Voll Arkitekter. "We want to inspire others to build the same way," says Elgsaas.
The structure is similar to conventional buildings, but the dimensions of the elements are much larger than usual. Both the structure and facade of the Mjösa Tower are made of wood. The load-bearing structure consists of glulam columns, beams and diagonal members, which suits high-rise buildings well. The first ten floors are made of prefabricated wooden elements. The decks on the upper floors are made of concrete, to restrain the building and keep it from swaying.
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