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A unique building in solid wood

Credits all images: Lund+Slaatto Arkitekter

Valle Wood

Valle Wood is a unique office building in many ways. As the name of the building implies it consists of wood - a lot of wood! In fact Valle Wood was Norway’s largest commercial building in wood at the time it was built.

Flexible spaces requires flexible solutions

Valle Wood consists of flexible office concepts, with space for co-working, start-ups, meeting rooms, conference facilities and room for various catering and service businesses.

Valle Wood has the possibility to adapt the premises to different needs, in terms of size, content and layout. The rooms and floors can easily be divided for multiple tenants. In a time that demands a capacity for rapid restructuring, it is important that the office spaces also are open to change. Being flexible in this way also requires a flexible indoor climate system which can be adapted to the needs and layout of the building. This is why Swegon’s demand controlled indoor climate system WISE was chosen. WISE can easily be adapted to a new layout in a building, without the need to change any cables or move any components. With the WISE-system's wireless communication it is easy and fast to change the setup.

Wood construction

Wood constructions are becoming more and more popular in the building industry. No wonders, there are several benefits with building with wood. Wood is a lightweight construction material, it has a low CO₂ footprint, it contributes to a stable indoor humidity level, better health for employees which leads to better productivity, and less energy is required for heating and cooling.

Valle Wood is built with a combination of spruce and pine. Glulam columns and beams are Norwegian-made, while all of the solid walls and covering elements  are sourced from an Austrian supplier. Even the elevator shafts and stairs between the floors are built of wood.

Valle Wood is located in Valle, a growing area in Oslo. Valle Wood is a part of this growing area with 3 main buildings, Valle Wood, Valle View and Valle Vision. Together they host 60 000 m2 offices and commercial spaces. With its unique design and choices of materials the building was a finalist in one of Norway’s biggest architecture awards in 2019.

"The choice of the indoor climate system was made through an evaluation process with the client, contractor, technical partners and consultants. Swegon’s WISE-system came out best in terms of functionality, needs and best solution for the project."
Audun Sylten, Ventilasjonsentreprenør Bjerke Ventilasjon AS

Interior restaurant

Interior restaurant

Interior offices

Environment and sustainability

The benefits are many of building in solid wood. Wood is generally a lightweight construction material, it has a low CO₂ footprint, it contributes to a stable indoor humidity level, better health for employees, and less energy is required for heating and cooling.

Valle Wood is Norway’s largest office building in solid wood. Solid wood binds CO2 and the building has 40% lower energy consumption than a ”standard” office building of the same size.

The building is certified in accordance with BREEAM Excellent, the world’s most demanding environmental certification system, which takes a holistic view of the building’s entire eco-cycle.

The collaboration with Swegon has been very good throughout the whole process.
Audun Sylten, Ventilasjonsentreprenør Bjerke Ventilasjon AS
QUICK FACTS: VALLE WOOD

Gross area: 6700 m2 (10 700m2 including basement and parking)

Businesses in the premises: Offices and commercial spaces

Architect: Lund+Slaatto Arkitekter

Built: Summer 2019

Environmental labelling: BREEAM Excellent

Swegon products installed: WISE-system with WISE diffusers and WISE Parasol

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