Rune Abrahamsen, Moelven Limtre AS, CTBUH Chairman Steve Watts, Partner, alinea and Arthur Buchardt, AB Invest stand in front of Mjøstårnet, the tallest timber building in the world. © Moelven – Nina Rundsveen

CTBUH Chairman Steve Watts, Partner, alinea, and Arthur Buchardt, AB Invest, shake hands outside Mjøstårnet at the signboard unveiling. © Moelven – Nina Rundsveen

CTBUH Chairman Steve Watts, Partner, alinea, lifts the covering over the official signboard at Mjøstårnet during the inauguration. © Moelven – Nina Rundsveen

Project team members from Mjøstårnet assist CTBUH Chairman Steve Watts, Partner, alinea, in removing the covering over the signboard, declaring Mjøstårnet the tallest timber building in the world. © Moelven – Nina Rundsveen

The official CTBUH signboard on Mjøstårnet, confirming its height at 83.35 meters and declaring it the world’s tallest timber building. © Moelven – Nina Rundsveen

Rune Abrahamsen, Moelven Limtre AS and CTBUH Chairman Steve Watts, Partner, alinea, pause for a photo after the signboard unveiling. © Moelven – Nina Rundsveen

Project team members who developed, built and engineered the world’s tallest timber building, Mjøstårnet, gather for a group picture. From left to right: Erik Tveit, HENT AS, Arthur Buchardt, AB Invest, Terje Strand, Woodcon AS, Steve Watts, CTBUH, Rune Abrahamsen, Moelven Limtre AS, Øystein Elgsaas, Voll Arkitekter AS, Trond Sørlien Barli, RVT and Anders Jørstad, Sweco Norge AS. © Moelven – Nina Rundsveen


April 22, 2019

BRUMUNDDAL – CTBUH Chairman Steve Watts, Partner, alinea, joined representatives from the project teams responsible for the development of Mjøstårnet, in Brumunddal, Norway for its official CTBUH signboard inauguration on 7 May, 2019. The tower’s signboard, which reads “Tallest Timber Building in the World,” was unveiled by Watts along with Erik Tveit, HENT AS; Arthur Buchardt, AB Invest; Terje Strand, Woodcon AS; Rune Abrahamsen, Moelven Limtre AS; Øystein Elgsaas, Voll Arkitekter AS; Trond Sørlien Barli, RVT and Anders Jørstad, Sweco Norge AS. Watts remarked on the advantages of engineered mass timber, saying “this is an exciting time for the tall building industry as it enters new territory using one of the world’s oldest and most sustainable building materials. New record-setting projects like this one will help mass timber overcome obstacles and make the case for greater acceptance around the world.”

The 85.4-meter-tall tower was confirmed as the world’s tallest timber tower following the release of new CTBUH height standards in March of 2019, recognizing timber as a structural material in the construction of tall buildings. This update to the CTBUH Height Criteria – which are the official guidelines against which tall buildings are measured globally – was prompted by an increasing number of tall timber projects around the world. After the signboard was unveiled by the group, team members posed for a photo alongside Mjøstårnet. The tower, which was constructed using Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) and glue-laminated timber (glulam), is also the tallest building in the country, as well as the tallest mixed-use building in Norway.