A modest sporting arena close to nature

Holmenkollen national arena has an all-encompassing design and a construction which reflects ski sports as outdoor disciplines. A connection to the woods and the use of natural materials from the area is important. Another important issue is that the facilities will be functional for everyone who uses it, also after the WSC.

“The spectators and the TV-viewers will see the woods and a Norwegian winter. But they shall also see the skiers in action and the view of the city. With great circumspection, we will chop some of the trees down, but we will also plant new ones. The connection to the woods and the nature is central to our overall idea”, Lars Flugsrud says. He works for the landscape architectural company, Grindaker landskapsarkitekter, and is in charge of the landscape architecture at the Holmenkollen arena.

Use existing materials 
He says that an important architectural choice has been made: The Holmenkollen ski jump is to be an exciting monument where new technology and new materials will be used. The rest of the facilities, like the cross-country arena, Midtstubakken ski jump and the buildings connected to these will be modest and connected to nature.
“Most of the new buildings will be underground, and a few of the constructions will be clad in “nordmarkitt”, the stone which is already there. We are going to use the place’s existing materials and not transport materials in or out”, the landscape architect says.
Flugsrud, who amongst other things has taken part in designing the Olympic Park at Lillehammer and the previous rebuilding of the cross-country arena at Holmenkollen, admits that the WSC 2011 project now is in a hurry – for those who are in charge of planning and implementation. At the same time he is confident that it will become a beautiful arena which is not only adapted to the World Ski Championships in 2011, but which is also suited for use after the event, for cross-country skiers, ski jumpers, biathletes and everybody else.