Ski World Championships 2005_Ski Jump
In world cup competition, the ski jump event could be compared to formula one in motor racing, the 100 metre sprint in athletics, or the heavy weight boxing championship of the world – in other words, the premier event. The fascination is the dynamic which is displayed; a ski jumper accelerates from 0 – 95km/h in less than six seconds, a fraction of a second in timing is crucial to the success of a 120 metre flight.
The design attempts to give more transparency to the sport. Preparation, coaching and the route to the platform are all carried out within view of the spectators. For instance, the entrance to the jump is clearly visible to the spectator who can enjoy eye-to-eye contact with the athlete, feeling the tension and excitement of the moment.
A change in competition rules made it necessary to extend the previous landing zone by 30 meters. Rather than extensive excavation, which would have damaged the natural environment, the design proposes a sensitive structural solution, which incorporates a restaurant with a unique glass safety roof. Sitting inside the restaurant, the visitor can see the athletes flying over them in a spectacular display of athletic prowess.
By placing the restaurant inside the jump, a year round function is also added to the arena.
Traditionally the ramp of the jump is supported by a tower, which visually ties the structure to the ground. The proposal uniquely employs a cantilevered structure, which by being free from the ground seemingly defying gravity, empathises with the flight of the athletes, symbolising the dynamism and speed of the sport.
In order to provide a constant relationship between athlete and coach, the coaching platform is combined within the upper lift station. After receiving final instructions in a video room the athletes prepare themselves both mentally and physically in meditation zones below the track. A scenic lift, which is carried within a glass structure, brings the athletes to the start platform.
Execution of the concept will bring the sport closer to the people and take the future of ski jumping into a new era; a new generation of athletes, inspired by the experience of being a spectator at the new stadium will be born.