The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has declared that the Mjøstårnet is officially the world’s tallest building. It was constructed in Norway and designed by Voll Arkitekter.
The structure is 85.4-metre high, and it is made out of cross-laminated timber (or CLT). The council found that this building is higher than the 53-metre-high Brock Commons Tallwood House in Canada.
Mjøstårnet is a mixed-use building of 18 storeys. It has the Wood Hotel, a swimming pool, a restaurant, office space and apartments.
Moelven Limtre, the timber specialist, was in charge of timber installation. There are many timber elements in the building, like glued laminated timber columns and CLT elevator shafts.
Since the building is located in Brumunddal, all the materials were sourced locally, as it is the area known by its forests and wood processing industry.
Mjøstårnet was announced to be the tallest timber building in the world at the same time as the CTBUH decided to change its height criteria. The number of high-rise timber buildings around the world is on the rise, and with that in mind, timber is now recognised as a structural material by the CTBUH. The council plans to monitor timber construction developments closely.