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World’s Tallest Wooden Building Planned for Norway

Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On August 24, 2009 @ 1:00 am In Architecture,Sustainable Building | 13 Comments

Norwegian Barents Secretariat - World's Tallest Wooden Building

Recently the Norwegian Barents Secretariat announced plans for a new cultural center that is being touted as the world’s tallest wooden building [1]. The Secretariat hopes that the new structure will serve as a physical symbol of their important role in the High North – a lighthouse of sorts and a beacon of knowledge and development. As part of that role, the new office and cultural center will also act as a model for sustainable building [2] and carbon neutrality [3].

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Currently the world’s tallest wooden structure is said to be a 144 ft, 13-story home in Arkhangelsk [4], in North-West Russia built by Nikolai Sutyagin. The new tower by the Secretariat will be located in Kirkenes, Norway [5] and will be 16-17 stories tall and constructed from natural materials with innovative and environmental solutions in all parts of the building. Oslo-based Reiulf Ramstad Architects [6] are responsible for the ambitious project, which will be situated in downtown Kirkenes on the historical ground of a multiethnic area.

To achieve carbon neutrality, Reiulf Ramstad Architects is relying on integrated systems that also enable it- to adapt to the changing seasons and climate. The firm also plans to reuse biodegradable household and industrial waste to produce biogas. Recycled materials [7] from the surrounding area will be incorporated into the design, which is based on traditional architecture from Russia, Sweden, Finland and Norway.

The interior of the center will house energy-efficient offices [8] for the Barents Secretariat as well as a library, a theater and a creative environment for artists, researchers, students and other relevant institutions. Their goal is that the wooden building [9] will serve as an example of sustainable construction for the surrounding region while acting as a center for cooperation between Russians, Finns, Swedes, Saamis and Norwegians.

+ Reiulf Ramstad Architects [6]


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[1] world’s tallest wooden building: http://www.barentsobserver.com/index.php?id=4604025&xxforceredir=1&noredir=1

[2] sustainable building: http://inhabitat.com/category/architecture

[3] carbon neutrality: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/02/02/zira-island-by-big-architects/

[4] home in Arkhangelsk: http://www.designboom.com/weblog/cat/9/view/3534/diy-architecture.html

[5] Norway: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/08/20/svalbard-unveils-stunning-new-arctic-science-center/

[6] Reiulf Ramstad Architects: http://www.reiulframstadarkitekter.no/reiulframstadarkitekter/main.asp

[7] Recycled materials: http://www.inhabitat.com/recycled-materials/

[8] energy-efficient offices: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/03/04/statoilhydro-office-by-a-lab/

[9] wooden building: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/07/20/wooden-house-can-withstand-severe-earthquakes/

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