The 18-storey structure sits right next to Norway’s biggest lake, Mjøsa and is designed by Voll Arkitekter. It’s constructed from Norwegian glued-laminated timber (GLULAM), cross-laminated timber (CLT) and laminated veneer lumber (LVL) from Metsä Wood. Concrete has been used on the upper seven floors to stabilise the plyscraper and prevent it from swaying in the wind.
Lower floors of Mjösa Tower comprise offices and a hotel, with apartments overlooking the lake above.
The timber tower has been designed with fire safety in mind: each level is compartmentalised with 90-minutes fire resistance. A building-wide sprinkler system is also installed.
The building dethrones Brock Commons Tallwood House, a student residence at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. It also pips Austria’s 84-metre-tall HoHo Wein building (still under construction).
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