Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Bergisel Ski Jump

Innsbruck, Austria 1999–2002

PROGRAM:Ski jump, cafe and viewing terrace

Austrian Ski Federation
Olympiastrasse 10
A-6010 Innsbruck

Length: 90 m
Height: 49 m

In December 1999 Zaha Hadid Architects won the international competition for a new ski jump on the Bergisel Mountain in Innsbruck. The new structure opened in 2002. Situated on the Bergisel Mountain overlooking down town Innsbruck, the ski jump is a major landmark. It is part of a larger refurbishment project for the Olympic Arena and replaces the old ski jump, which no longer met with international standards.

The building is a hybrid of highly specialized sports facilities and public spaces, including a café and a viewing terrace. These different programs are combined into a single new shape, which extends the topography of the slope into the sky. At a length of about 90m and a height of almost 50 m the building is a combination of a tower and a bridge. Structurally it is divided into the vertical concrete tower and a spatial steel structure, which integrates the ramp and the café. Two elevators bring visitors to the café, 40 m over the peak of the Bergisel Mountain. From here they can enjoy the surrounding alpine landscape as well as watch the athletes below fly above the Innsbruck skyline.

DESIGN: Zaha Hadid with Patrik Schumacher
PROJECT MANAGER: Markus Dochantschi
PROJECT TEAM: Matthias Frei, Cedric Libert, Sylvia Forlati, Jim Heverin, Garin O’Aivazian, Sara Noel, Costa de Araujo
COMPETITION TEAM: Ed Gaskin, Eddie Can, Yoash Oster, Stanley Lau, Janne Westermann

LOCAL ARCHITECT: Baumeister Ing. Georg Malojer
(Innsbruck, Austria)
STRUCTURAL: Jane Wernick (London, UK),
Christian Aste (Innsbruck, Austria)
SERVICES: Technishes Buro Ing. Heinz Purcher (Schlaming, Austria), Technishes Buro Matthias Schrempf (Schlaming, Austria),
Peter Fiby (Innsbruck, Austria)
LIGHTING: Office for Visual Interaction (New York, USA)
SKI JUMP TECHNOLOGY: Bauplanungsburo franz Fuschlslueger
(Trofaiach, Austria)

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