Watch a stunning wood skyscraper rise in Norway

Friday 16 Nov 2018

Some new videos show progress on Mjøstårnet, a project that aims to become the tallest timber building in the world.

Over the past few years, timber has become a more widely used material in tall buildings–and from Canada to Japan, architects are pushing the material further and further into the sky. Mjøstårnet, an 18-story project being built in Brumunddal, about 90 minutes north of Oslo, is the latest all-wood high-rise to compete for the record of world’s tallest.

In a five-part micro-documentary produced by Moelven, the Scandinavian construction company behind the project, we get a glimpse at the building project. All five videos can be viewed using the link below.

At 265 feet tall, the structure is a fascinating piece of engineering for its anti-fire features alone. Up until 1997, Norway had legally prohibited large timber buildings over three stories after a terrible fire consumed the city of Ålesund in the early 1900s. Yet the construction company claims its building is one of the safest in Norway, thanks to the use of glulam–or glued laminated timber. More >>.


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