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The northernmost timber construction project in the world built with Stora Enso CLT

03 September 2015

Photo: Veldekke Arctic AS


The northernmost CLT building in the world is found in Ny-Alesund, Norway. Apart from the concrete foundations, the new observatory project is primarily built using Stora Enso CLT. The project started in 2014 and the completion of the observatory is planned for 2016.

The observatory in Ny-Alesund is the northernmost of its kind and part of a global network for researching and observing climatic changes such as sea level, earthquakes and glacial melting in the Arctic.

The observatory consists of solid concrete foundations and four solid timber buildings, which are connected via wooden walkways. The timber is Cross Laminated Timber or CLT made by Stora Enso.

"We are proud that our products are being used to develop this important climate research station. It proves how versatile timber is as a building material - even under extreme climatic conditions", says Herbert Jöbstl, Head of Central European Operations in Stora Enso Wood Products. "CLT is a sustainable building material which is almost predestined to be used in environmental projects due to the positive CO2 balance of timber and the durability."

Prefabricated CLT panels also enabled minimizing the amount of construction waste at the site.