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The sky's the limit for Zaha Hadid in Austria

Zaha Hadid's £3 million ski jump on the Bergisel Mountain, overlooking the Austrian city of Innsbruck, opens this week in time for the next ski season.

At 90m-long and 50m-tall, the structure contains both specialised sports facilities and a cafe and viewing terrace. These public areas are housed within a glazed horizontal strip that contrasts with the concrete of the rest of the structure.Two elevators will bring visitors up to this 40m terrace with views over the jump and the city below.

The new ski jump, which replaces an outdated structure, is part of a larger refurbishment project for Innsbruck's Olympic Arena.

Hadid won the competition for the ski jump in December 1999. 'The ski jump is a concise piece of functional design, an instrument for highperformance sport, shaped with mathematical precision, 'she said. 'The challenge here was to integrate a new, initially alien element into a given formula - the cafe and sundeck. The assemblage of elements was resolved in the manner of nature, developing a seamless hybrid, where parts are smoothly articulated and fused into an organic unity. The result is a rather unusual silhouette on the Bergisel.'

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