This article was originally published on May 9, 2016. To read the stories behind other celebrated architecture projects, visit our AD Classics section. Situated on the peak of Bergisel Mountain above the picturesque alpine city of Innsbruck, Austria, the Bergisel Ski Jump represents the contemporary incarnation of a historic landmark. Designed by Zaha Hadid between 1999 and 2002, the Ski Jump is a study in formal expression: its sweeping lines and minimalist aesthetic create a sense of graceful, high-speed motion, reflecting the dynamic sensation of a ski jump in a monumental structure that stands above the historic center of Innsbruck and the mountain slopes around. The Ski Jump has been a fixture atop Bergisel Mountain since its first construction in 1926. It has been the home to two Winter Olympics competitions – first in 1964, and then again in 1976. Even outside its service as an Olympic venue, the facility saw constant use; scheduling was so densely booked, in fact, that the local city authorities could only authorize one year between the demolition of the old structure and the opening of the new.
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