So there is still more from my Oslo trip that I haven’t put up here. There is just so much going on there its an amazing place for an architect to visit at the moment. At the end of the day, as the sun was beginning to set, we visited the amazing Ski Jump facility by JDS architects.
Now I haven’t been to many (any) professional ski jumping facilities but that didn’t stop me from enjoying this amazing spectacle of a building. It sits atop of a surprisingly small hill above the village of Holmenkollen, 20min from central Oslo, which has hosted ski jumping competitions since 1892. Like much of the new architecture in Oslo this building is elegant and graceful and demands attention without being flashy or overtly in your face. As if cantilevering up off the top of the mountain the steel structure focuses all the attention on the sport itself and not the building. It also takes on a beacon appearance when the sides are subtly illuminated at night (or in the afternoon in winter).
Then when you walk around to the landing area and the area for spectators you see it’s true scale and the skill the architects have employed to ensure the ease of use and comfort of everyone which uses or interacts with the building.
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