The Oslo Skatehall is Custom-Built for the Extreme Sport

By: Joey Haar - Jan 31, 2017
References: dark.no & archdaily
40 years ago, a building like the Oslo Skatehall would not only have been unimaginable in Norway, but it would have been illegal. On September 1st, 1978, Norway banned skateboarding federally in an attempt to prevent serious injury. The sport nonetheless gained an illicit following during its ban, and exploded in popularity once the moratorium was lifted just over a decade later. The Oslo Skatehall is a truly impressive reminder of how far the sport has come in Norway since those times.

Not only did skateboarding return to popularity in Norway after the ban, but it became a staple of the sporting scene there. In fact, the Oslo skatehall is one of the largest of such facilities in all of Europe. Architecturally, the Oslo Skatehall is inspired by the movement and dynamism of skateboarding. Its combination of sharp angles and flowing lines are indicative of a skateboarder in motion, with a certain jittery smoothness.