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Oslo Skatehall


landscape. Each cantilever has broad borders of golden metal sheeting, accentuating the dramatic forms and providing frames to the large glass panels. Visual contact between interior and exterior


is maintained through these glass façades, giving a tantalising view of the building from a distance and allowing viewers outside to follow the action inside. The connection between interior and exterior space, coupled with good legibility in the layout, creates a sense of security, clarity and order. The spacious dimensions of the hall give participants and


ON 1 September 1978, Skateboarding was banned in Norway. The measure, designed to prevent serious accidents, did not deter skateboarders and the activity continued to grow steadily. The ban was lifted in 1989 and interest in the sport exploded. Skateboarders went from being lawbreakers to celebrities and youth idols. In January 2017, 28 years after the ban was


lifted, Oslo finally got its own custom-built venue for what had become a well-established sport. Designed by Dark Arkitekter, the skatepark is one of the largest of its kind in northern Europe. The architectural signature of the building is conceptually rooted in the elements and movement of skateboarding. The structure is dominated by two distinct and contrasting volumes, one light and one dark, which share the same architectural language. These two structural elements form cantilevers, inclined in opposite directions to the underlying terrain. Raised in the east and west, they create dynamic diagonal lines in the


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Dark Arkitekter has designed one of the largest skateparks in Europe in the country where the sport was once outlawed for being too dangerous.


spectators full access to the activities, which can even be observed from the café, making this an attractive vantage point.


Connecting in and outdoor spaces The skatehall is situated in a prime location, surrounded by large outdoor recreational areas in Voldsløkka, part of Oslo’s Sagene district. The main entrance faces west and leads directly into the lobby and café, which are clearly visible through the glass façade in the southwest corner of the building. The huge cantilevered elements create a natural shelter


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