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 downtown 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 50m 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.
Location: Innsbruck, Austria
Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects
Design: Zaha Hadid Architects, London, UK
Local Firm: Baumeister Ing. Georg Malojer, Innsbruck, Austria
Project Architect: Zaha Hadid, Jan Huebener
Project Manager: Markus Dochantschi
Design 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
Structure: Jane Wernick, London, UK | Christian Aste, Innsbruck, Austria
Services Techniques: Buro Ing. Heinz Purcher, Schlaming, Austria
Techniques: 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 Program: Ski jump, cafe & viewing terrace
Client: Austrian Ski Federation
Dimension: Length 90m Date: 1999 -2002