Moholt 50|50: Europe’s largest Cross Laminated Timber structure

Photo credit: MDG Arkitekter

The city of Trondheim in Norway is set to welcome a new student accommodation that will become Europe’s largest Cross Laminated Timber structure by the end of the year.

Moholt 50|50 aims to illustrate a sense of place and belonging that is achieved through exceptional architecture, despite a high turnover in tenants. In addition, the student housing towers intend to be a simple and affordable housing that helps students to achieve better focus in their study while being a valuable addition to the area that is beneficial to the local community.

Photo credit: MDG Arkitekter

With a sustainable Kebony façade, the student village will be made up of five blocks that will house about 632 students from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

A significant emphasis on promoting environmental construction was also seen throughout the development process. The usage of Kebony wood, selected by MDH Arkiteker, as the main building material for the façade is a sustainable alternative to tropical hardwood, cement and brick. And with Norway’s long tradition of using wood, the adoption of Kebony was the perfect complement to its sustainable design.

Photo credit: MDG Arkitekter

Dagfinn Sagen from MDH Arkitekter commented, “This is an incredibly ambitious project, and once completed it will be the largest cross laminated timber construction project in Europe. We chose Kebony for the build as it requires no treatment throughout its whole life cycle, and is the perfect choice when you need a cladding material that is maintenance free. Over time, it also naturally develops an attractive silver grey patina, an aesthetic that we believe really works for this project.”

To achieve great durability and dimensional stability, the patented Kebony technology treats the sustainable softwood with furfuryl alcohol, an agricultural by-product, to polymerise the cell wall, hence, resulting in a high performing, elegant timber.  According to the environmental consulting firm Bergfald & Co., with Kebony substantially lower carbon footprint than its tropical hardwood equivalents – between 15 and 30 times lower, inclusive of treatment and transportation to Northern Europe – it certifies the softwood as the perfect choice for Moholt 50|50.

“The project team working on Moholt 50|50 have done an incredible job, creating a large and striking building in the midst of a built up residential area. We were really pleased to see that they placed such importance on environmental values, and we hope that the size of the build will show others that even large scale projects can place sustainability as a key focus,” Mette Valen, sales manager at Kebony said.


Source: Global Construction