It is both appropriate and crucial that the design for the new Holmenkollbakken pay tribute to its proud history. The proposal OSLO is designed as a timeless, elegant and assertive monument – from any distance, from every angle, and in all lighting conditions.
Holmenkollbakken, Oslo, Norway
We believe that the new Holmenkollbakken should retain some of the qualities of its famous predecessor. Its design should communicate what it always has: Holmenkollbakken, Oslo, Norway.
The new design redevelops the shape of its predecessor, by emphasizing the striking steepness of the top part of the inrun. Now erected to an even more pronounced vertical slope, it literally mutates into a tower. The result is a completely new type of architectural shape, an unexpected fusion of the two archetypes “tower” und “ski jump”.
This design is a landmark in two respects: For the sports world it is a spectacular ski jump, for everyone else it is a unique panorama tower. Its excellent visibility from long distances is due to its clearly defined silhouette. The sculptural form was specifically developed in order to achieve a symbol- like presence in every possible lighting condition.
The structural concept corresponds with the architectural intention to build a simple and effective construction for sporting excellence.
The top of the tower not only offers a spectacular viewing lounge, it also balances the inrun moments in a very economical and statically effective way.
The concrete is refined with white cement and white pearl paint. This pure and snow-like surface emphasizes the sculptural appearance and improves its visibility.
Statically, the ski jump is a tube-like frame structure made of cast-in-place concrete. The framing column supports the frame girder and is anchored in solid rock. Like the girder, the column stabilizes the ski jump against wind and potential earthquake tremors.
The knoll building is deeply fixed in solid ground and allows a slim girder. As to form, the inrun and the girder build an elegant unity.