Written by Elsa Brown: The way it curves and rises from the snowy earth, the new Holmenkollen Beacon in Oslo looks, from afar, like something otherworldly— an escalator to the heavens, or apparatus for alien abduction. In fact, it is a newly completed ski jump by JDS Architects that creates an icon for the Norwegian capital’s tradition of winter sports. The regal structure also bolsters Norway’s role as an international leader in time for the 2011 ski-jumping world championships.
The flat peak of the extended slope hosts an open-air viewing platform that looks over Oslo fjord and the city. The base comprises a 50,000 seat amphitheater where spectators will behold athletic feats so daring, we won’t be surprised if they appear supernatural. Click Read More for additional information and photos.