Oslo-based Reiulf Ramstad Architects is to design the world’s tallest wooden building, a cultural centre for Norwegian Barents Secretariat.

The new tower in Kirkenes, Norway, will be 16-17 storeys tall beating the 144ft 13-storey home in Arkhangelsk, Russia, which currently holds the record.

The building will be carbon neutral and constructed from natural materials, and will use biodegradable household and industrial waste to produce biogas for the building’s energy needs.

The building design incorporates recycled materials from the surrounding area. It is based on traditional architecture from Sweden, Russia, Norway and Finland.

Barents Secretariat’s energy-efficient offices, a library, a theatre, and a creative environment for artists, researchers, students and other relevant institutions will be housed in the eco-friendly building.