Skipet, Developed by: GC Rieber and Paal J Kahrs architects
Situated only a few hundred meters from what was formerly the world’s highest timber construction, the wood construction named ‘Skipet’ (The Ship) is building on the city of Bergen’s reputation as home for innovative wooden buildings. The building is inspired by the shape of a ship with its elongated design.
The building is designed and planned to be classified as BREEAM Excellent, the highest rating available, and will have solar panels installed at the roof, cooling system utilising the water from the nearby inlet and second-life car batteries in the basement to even out the demand for electricity from the grid.
In collaboration with Innovation Norway, a feasibility study was conducted for the use of solid wood in the building. It will be one of the first office buildings in Norway to be built in solid wood. The cross-laminated timber and glulam will be delivered from the newly established factory in Norway, thereby reducing the need for transporting the wood long distances. The factory is using wood from the Norwegian forests. The wooden structures are exposed in large parts of the building both externally and internally. And emphasis is placed on showing that an environmentally conscious choice has been made when using wood.
The five-storey high and 14,270m2 large office building will comprise of wood from the very first floor, which is unusual for wood constructions – often concrete is used for the first floor. The use of solid wood coincides with the objectives of the municipal green strategy.