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More than 100 years ago, a Norwegian lieutenant propelled himself 9.5 meters into the
air and the sport of ski jumping was born. Since 1892, the village of Holmenkollen,
twenty minutes from Oslo, has hosted legendary competitions and the site remains
one of the foremost locales for the international sport including the 1952 Winter
Along with Wimbledon’s All England Club and the Wembly Arena, Holmenkollen Ski Jump is
often cited as one of the world’s most recognizable sports facility. Nevertheless it is one of
the smallest hills in the World Cup tournament, and in September 2005, the International Ski
Federation decided that the current hill does not meet the standards to award the city the
2011 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships. In December 2005 Norway’s Directorate of
Cultural Heritage approved the demolition of the ski jump and in April 2007 the Oslo
municipality announced an open international competition for a new ski jump. JDS Architects
based in Copenhagen and led by Belgian-French Julien De Smedt, beat out 103 other firms
and was awarded the commission the following year.
Working closely with city officials, JDSA established an office in the capital and collaborated
with Norwegian engineering firm, Norconsult, to bring to fruition their elegant serpentine form
that will become a beacon for the city and a new showcase for the sport of ski jumping.
Rather than having a series of dispersed pavilions on site, their design unifies the various
amenities into one holistic diagram. The judges booths, the commentators, the trainers, the
royal family, the VIPs, the wind screens, the circulations, the lobby, the entrance to the arena
and the arena itself, the lounge for the skiers, the souvenir shop, the access to the existing
museum, the viewing public square at the very top, everything, is contained into the shape of
the jump. The resulting simplicity of the solution improves the experience of the spectators
and brings clear focus to the skiers.
The ski jump is clad in stainless steel and glass and rises 58 meters in the air. It cantilevers an
impressive 69 meters and on the first day of jumping tests; the record of the longest jump
made at Holmenkollen was broken.
Atop the ski jump is a platform where visitors can take in some of the most breathtaking views
of Oslo, the fjord and the region beyond. It’s a new form of public space, using an unlikely
architectural form as its host, affording the same spectacular vantage point for everyone who
comes to Holmenkollen. The Lonely Planet agrees, the travel publication recently declared
the new Holmenkollen Ski Jump as one of the ten top destinations to visit in 2011.
PROJECT: Ski Jump, Stadium, Renovation & Addition for the FIS Nordic Wold Ski Championship 2011
TYPE: Open Competition, 1st Prize
SIZE: 30,000 M2
BUDGET: Ca 700 mill. NOK (€ 87,3 million)
CLIENT: Oslo Municipality
COLLABORATORS: Norconsult, Grindaker, Metallplan, Intra
LOCATION: Oslo, Norway
STATUS: Completion 2011
Location: Oslo, NO