Upon its completion in March 2019, Mjøstårnet in Norway was officially verified as the world’s tallest timber tower by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH). Designed by Voll Arkitekter, it took the title of world’s tallest timber building from the 53-metre-high Brock Commons Tallwood House in Vancouver, which has a hybrid wood and concrete structure and Treet in Bergen, Norway, which is 49 meters high.
Mjøstårnet is located in Brumunddal, a small city with 10,000 residents, about an hour and a half drive north of Oslo. Standing alone on the riverbank of Brumunda, Mjøstårnet has a majestic appearance, overlooking Lake Mjøsa, the largest lake in Norway. The name ‘Mjøstårnet’ is Norwegian and means ‘The tower of Lake Mjøsa’. Mjøstårnet is to be a symbol of the ‘green shift’, and proof that tall buildings can be built using local resources, local suppliers and sustainable wooden materials.
With its distinct architectural appearance, Mjøstårnet is a landmark, both in the way it stands tall at 85.4 meters in amongst the landscape, but also in its revolutionary use of timber in the construction and cladding. A modern mixed-use tower, with facilities that the residents, locals and visitors can exploit, the tower has already attracted a lot of attention both in Norway and abroad. Voll Arkitekter has been responsible for the regulation of the site, the design of the tower and the storey layout, as well as the design and layout of the public bath connected to the tower.
The tower consists of 18 storeys with different programs. With a footprint of only 17m in width and 37.5m in length, each floor is about 640 square meters. The total program for the tower is about 10,500 square meters with an additional 4,900 square meters for the public bath. The ground floor is public space with a lobby, reception and restaurant. In addition, there is an adjoining public bath on the ground floor with two 25-meter length pools. The second storey is reserved for rentable meeting rooms and technical facilities. The next five storeys are dedicated to office space.