The record breaking project Mjøstårnet has been awarded the Gold accolade in the New York Design Awards 2018.
The world's tallest timber building is being built in Brumunddal of Norway, where the building reached its record breaking height of 85.4 meters in September. Mjøstårnet will have 18 floors and will include apartments, a hotel, offices, restaurants and common areas. It's due to open in March 2019.
The New York Design Award 2018 is handed out by The DRIVENxDESIGN Award Programs, where Mjøstårnet received the Gold accolade in the category "Architecture -Mixed Use – International".
This award celebrates the design process and product of planning, designing and constructing form, space and ambience that reflect functional, technical, social, and aesthetic considerations. Consideration is given for material selection, technology, light and shadow.
The DRIVENxDESIGN Award Programs have three nomination methods, Open Nominations, Supported Nominations and Curated Nominations. Mjøstårnet has been curated into the Chairman's selection. This project was selected as part of the Advisory panel industry review and put forward as an exemplary project.
The award winning project was initiated by AB Invest, where Hent AS is the turnkey contractor and Moelven Limtre AS the turnkey subcontractor for timber structures.. Voll Arkitekter AS has designed the building and the engineering company Sweco performs the structural design for Moelven.
Arthur Buchardt, owner and developer of Mjøstårnet says:
"We are very proud to receive the New York Design Awards 2018. To be honest, the award came as a big surprise, but we are of course delighted for winning it. It is fantastic that our project is getting international attention like this. Mjøstårnet is the result of a successful cooperation by local businesses from the county of Ringsaker, which now have proven their top international qualities."
The CEO of Moelven Limtre, Rune Abrahamsen says:
"This international award is a proof that the project partners' bold and sustainable ambitions for using more timber in advanced and complex constructions is being noticed far from the shore of the building site in the small town of Brumunddal. Hopefully this will inspire others to look into more sustainable solutions for high-rise buildings in the years to come."