The concept for the distinctive design of the Olympic Hall (the ‘Viking Ship’) at Hamar was already in place when we discovered that the actual roof, which is of course the most challenging element where such huge structures are concerned, could be given the necessary lightness and flexibility if we liberated it completely from the static and somewhat unattractive shape of the arena.
We brought daylight in to describe the play of lines along the length of the roof against the horizontal beams. On the outside, self-illuminating slits make the roof seem lighter.
Photo: Jiri Havran
The enormous size of the hall and its pronounced design made it desirable to tone down the effect of materials and colours.