Oslo’s ski jumping hill gets a facelift

What are the Danes doing with Norway’s historic ski jumping hill? Well, Oslo’s jewel and famous landmark will now be revamped by a Denmark-based firm of architects and a Belgian-French architect.

'Holmenkollen lighthouse' is the new name of Norway’s legendary tourist attraction. This was made public when Julien de Smedt and his Danish firm JDS was announced as winners of the architectural competition to redecorate one of the oldest ski jumps in the world.

“I am very pleased that both politicians and decision-makers have had such ambitions. The concept is great where functionality has been given a high priority”, says Jannike Hovland, the president of the National Association of Norwegian Architects.

'Holmenkollen lighthouse'. Courtesy of Julien de Smedt and JDS.
Flowing light
The ski jump is already the signature of Oslo, as it rules the city’s hills with its elegant body. For Oslo’s citizens, as well as tourists, the ski jump is a visible landmark that everyone can use to navigate their way around the city. The new light design will now make the treasured jump even more striking.

As the name suggest, the light will flow from the ski jump. The Beligian-French architect is planning to dress the body of the construction in transparent plates of glass and set the light from inside. The profile of the jump will be extended by major spots at the top terrace of the construction. From there, the light will shoot straight into the sky.

The top terrace. Courtesy of Julien de Smedt and JDS.

Spectacular view
The old ski jump, which hosted its first competition in 1892, will be going through some major changes in the coming years, although the new design will only advance what is already there.

The new monument will not only give the audience a fantastic experience of the sport. The terrace at the very top of the ski jump will be open for the public, and will give visitors a panoramic view of Oslo, the fjord and the nature that is surrounding the capital.

'Holmenkollen lighthouse' is set to be finished by 2010, a year before the World Championships in Nordic skiing which will be held in Oslo in 2011. The popular ski museum will be open to the public throughout the construction of the new Holmenkollen. However, the last competition in the old ski jump will be held in March 2008 before the facelift starts.

Holmenkollen in profile.  Courtesy of Julien de Smedt and JDS.

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