The new town centre area at Geilo was opened in autumn 2013. The existing town centre had lacked natural meeting points and good public spaces, and was chaotic to navigate for both visitors and local businesses. Arkitektgruppen Cubus won a competition in 2008 with a project aimed at turning Geilo into a “green skiing destination”. The two central elements of the project, the pedestrian zone and the amphitheatre, were built on top of a privately financed car park. The architects drew inspiration from the surrounding mountainous landscape, and the amphitheatre therefore has two “mountain ridges”, built with Corten steel. One of them serves as a central entrance to the car park, and the other holds a service room that can be used during large-scale events like skiing races and festivals. The granite surface of the amphitheatre floor is rough, suitable for BMX and mountain bikes.