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in partnership with IAKS international projects


over the entrance and outdoor seating area. In the summer months, the café opens up to this outside space and invites users to sit in the sun at tables or in the concrete amphitheatre which is set into the hillside beyond. To the east of the building, a terraced


skatepark connects the different levels of the terrain, linking the concrete park at the base to Voldsløkka’s prime walking path at the top. From the amphitheatre and walking path, skating activities outside in the park and inside the hall can be experienced simultaneously. When the gates and doors are opened, these interior and exterior skating spaces become fully connected. This distinctive feature of the building creates unique possibilities for major events and competitions. The dramatic lines of the structure are echoed in the outside facilities, which respond to the landscape, connecting with the wider spaces of the recreational area.


skateboarding history remembered Primarily intended for general use, Oslo Skatehall has been designed to international standards to suit major competitions. Inside, the hall consists of two tall storeys, where the programmes are adapted to the functions of skating. This allows the hall to accommodate all the different types of skating under a single roof. Variation and flow are the guiding design principles in the complex layout. The main skating activity is situated on the lower level, which features a high ceiling giving ample space to custom-built skating elements. These


were designed and constructed jointly by Dark Arkitekter and IOU Ramps. A unique feature of Oslo Skatehall is the raised bowl, constructed in wooden materials. The structural elements of this burgeoning organic form can also be viewed from underneath. On the upper level, a separate viewing gallery spans the entire length of the hall, allowing spectators a clear overview of skating activities below. There is a raw honesty to the materials


selected, which creates variation in the surfaces and structures. Perforated aluminium sheeting in dark and light nuances covers the façades, ornamented with a surface pattern of Morse code symbols. These are a literal transcription of the 1978 law forbidding the use, sale and advertising of skateboards, commemorating the history of skateboarding in Norway. Morse code symbols also feature in the café and service areas but here the patterns convey slang terms and tricks used by the skating community. The hall has been constructed in accordance


with Passive House standards, with a focus on recycled materials, life-cycle costs, air circulation and sustainable energy sources. The end result is a holistic expression of function and space, in which impressive static spaces alternate with effective evacuation routes. Visible construction details have been integrated into the overall design, as features in their own right. Oslo Skatehall is a salute to youthful values,


its fully-integrated holistic design oriented towards the future. The interaction of the building mass with the outdoor venues and


The International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities (IAKS) was founded in Cologne, Germany in 1965. It is the only non-profit organization concerned globally with sports and leisure facility development and is a Recognized Organization by the IOC. The IAKS comprises a global network of expertise in the design, construction and management of sports and leisure facilities


and regularly holds conferences and educational seminars. Since 1967, IAKS has published sb, a leading specialist magazine for sports architecture and the construction, modernization and management of sports and leisure facilities.


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surrounding park landscape are symbolic of the interaction between different generations of users, both performers and spectators, now and for many years to come.


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