This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Bergisel Ski Jump designed by Zaha Hadid Architects. In 1999, the firm won an international competition sponsored by the Austrian Ski Association and completed the structure three years later. Situated on Bergisel Mountain, ski jumpers take flight with downtown Innsbruck in the background. On the flip side, the striking tower provides a recognizable landmark from the city streets below. It was built as part of a larger initiative to revitalize the Olympic complex and bring the jump up to international competition standards.
The building program combines specialized sports facilities, offices and public spaces, including a café and viewing terrace. At 90m length and 50m height, the building is a unique structural hybrid – part tower and part bridge. For ski enthusiasts and tourists alike, the glass enclosed restaurant provides a breathtaking panoramic view of the surrounding landscape.
source: Zaha Hadid Architects posted by: Nancy H.