December 2014 marked the start of the world’s northern-most CLT timber construction project – a geological research base in Spitzbergen (Norway). This base consists of four buildings which are connected by corridors above ground. Apart from the concrete foundations, only Stora Enso CLT in industrial visible quality is used for this project. Due to the northern location, as it was winter during construction of the base, it was dark 24 hours a day. However, thanks to Stora Enso’s CLT solid timber construction system, the erection of the building was safe and, above all, fast, as prefabricated CLT elements were transported to the construction site, resulting in lower construction costs. These advantages provided the main reasons for the decision to build with Stora Enso CLT.
Photos: Veidekke Arctic AS
Location: Svalbard/Spitzbergen, Norsko Architect: LPO arkitekter Partner: Woodcon CLT volume: 300 m³