Holmenkollen Ski Jump sees first World Cup
JDS Architects' new Holmenkollen Ski Jump will undergo its first real test this weekend as it hosts the International Ski Federation (FIS) World Cup Nordic with over 30,000 people in attendance. Used as a tester for the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships next year in Oslo, the World Cup will provide the final confirmation that the 69 m inclined cantilever is up to the job, despite not being fully completed.
On the 3rd of February, the International Ski Federation (FIS) certified that the New Holmenkollen Fyr (HS134) passed all technical and safety standards required for international ski jumping competitions. On the 3rd of March, Annette Sagen became the first official ski jumper to jump 106.5 meters during the opening ceremony of the Skijump, which set a new Holmenkollen jump record. From the 20 ski jumpers taking part of the opening ceremony, Rune Vetla, a local ski jumper had the longest jump at 141 meters, breaking and currently holding the record at Holmenkollen hill.
Though the ski jump is not fully completed, plans are being met and carried through as scheduled. After this weekend's event, JDS Architects will continue the remaining work on the completion plans until 2011. At the end of 2010, visitors can enjoy a bar at 418 meters above sea level and feel the experience of looking down the in-run like a ski jumper. At the top of the tower a 110 sq m plateau will reveal a view over the city of Oslo and its fjords.
When designs were released in 2008 Julien De Smedt told WAN: "When we addressed the issue of skijumping one thing became immediately obvious: the building will have to frame the discipline but not overwhelm it - to celebrate the sport rather than celebrate the architecture. But it should also be a spectacle for the entire city and by doing so extending the tradition of Holmenkollen as the symbol of Oslo as well as a place where the city is celebrated and embraced. A place to see Oslo.”