Moholt 50|50 shortlisted for WAN Wood in Architecture Award 2016

Moholt 50|50, Trondheim, Norway. Images: Ivan Brodey


Student dormitories are often built in dismal conditions with cheap, simple units left by themselves without support programmes. The Moholt 50|50 project in Trondheim, Norway, seeks to address this.

By introducing new housing collectives and a wide range of support services into an existing student village built in the sixties, new life is brought to community, eradicating borders between the student village and surrounding area.

The Y-shaped towers are constructed in cross laminated timber (CLT) and have ambitious energy targets. All five towers go up to nine-storeys high or (28 metres), making Moholt 50|50 the largest CLT project in Europe. The basement and ground floor levels are made in cast reinforced concrete; the first to ninth floor are made of prefabricated CLT elements.

The towers, with their relatively short spans and Y-shaped volumes, were optimal for this type of load bearing wood construction. The façades are clad with Kebony treated pine wood panels.

The use of CLT has reduced the building’s carbon emissions by 57 per cent while emissions associated with energy use are reduced by approximately 70 per cent compared to standard Norwegian requirements.

Each floor is one student collective. Every collective consists 15 units with individual bathrooms. The habitants share kitchen, dining/living room and an entrance hall with wardrobes. The ground floors of all towers provide a variety of services: gym, beauty salon, medical centre, laundry and a grocery store.

There is also a kindergarten and a library with spaces for student activities.

Moholt 50|50 was shortlisted for the 2017 EU Mies Award, Mies Van der Rohe prize 2017 and WAN Wood in Architecture Awards 2016. 


Project: Moholt 50|50

Location:Trondheim, Norway

Type:Student housing

Client:Studentsamskipnaden i Trondheim

Area:17 500m2

Architects: MDH Arkitekter


Planning Contractor:Veidekke AS



This article is an update from an earlier version published on September 16, 2016.