Bergisel, Innsbruck, Austria

Zaha Hadid
Date Built
Official Opening September 14, 2002
Bergiselweg 3
Rising like an alien craft from the "War of the Worlds", the Bergisel tower dominates the valley occupied by the city of Innsbruck. 

The 50 metre high ski-jumping tower was designed by the architect Zaha Hadid.

At the top of the tower is the panorama restaurant known as "Bergisel Sky."

The 98 metre long inrun that flows down from the top of the tower is supported by a static support beam known as a "fish belly"

At the bottom of the hill there is a bowl-shaped arena with a spectator capacity of 28,000

The tower is accessed by way of a small funicular railway.  The track can be seen on the left of the image above.

To one side is the judges' tower.

On the other side is the Media Tower.

On the terrace above the spectator arena are the Olympic rings, Olympic cauldron and plaques bearing the names of Olympic medalists.

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