This project won the 2013 Architizer A+ Jury Award in the sports category. See the full list of winners here.
Talk about jump-starting a famous locale! The iconic Holmenkollen hill, located about 20 minutes outside of Oslo, is among the world's most-visited sports facilities. It was here that, more than a century ago, a Norwegian lieutenant propelled himself 9.5 meters into the air and the worldwide sport of ski jumping was born. Since then the village of Holmenkollen has been home to the annual Holmenkollen Ski Festival, and in 1952 it even hosted the Winter Olympics.
So it's important that the town maintain, well, the most badass ski jump tower in the world. (Indeed, the hill's jump has been rebuilt 19 times and renovated 15 times since its birth.) So in preparation for the 2011 World Championships, the Oslo municipality commissioned JDS Architects to design the New Holmenkollen Ski Jump. The Norwegian Directorate for Cultural Heritage approved the new tower so long as the new structure had a similar architectural quality and remained a city landmark.
“Our project aims at unifying the various elements present in a ski jump into one single expression, shape, and action," says JDS Architects. "Rather than having a series of dispersed pavilions, infrastructure on site we’ve managed to combine them into one organism." That means everything—from the judges' booths and the VIP section to the lounges, souvenir shop, and the square for public viewing, is contained within the shape of the jump.
The new tower creates an astonishing panoramic view with its upward slope made of 1030.4 tons of steel reaching up to the sky at a height of 77.65m. In addition to it's majestic presence, on the first day of jumping tests the record of the longest jump made at Holmenkollen was broken. Until the next rebuilt, this one's the supreme winner!