United States Olympic Museum

  • $50M estimated
  • 60,000 SF
  • 2019 estimated
  • in association
  • with Diller Scofidio + Renfro

 

Located at the base of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado Springs, home of the United States Olympic Training Center, the interpretive museum will tell both the inspirational stories of American Olympic and Paralympic athletes and the traditions of the global Olympic Movement.

Inspired by the movement of athletes, the museum idealizes a sense of motion in the organization of its galleries, auditorium, and public areas across the site. Expressed in two parts of one body in counterpoise, the building frames a new downtown public plaza below the view of Pike’s Peak, and extends a new axis to the America the Beautiful Park west. The primary southern building dramatically spirals outward from its central atrium. Its outer skin shimmers in changing daylight as the building emerges from its seasonally shifting landscape.

Outside, the landscape around the plaza gently tips upward toward the site’s western edge, anchoring the buildings and creating accessible pathways up to the pedestrian bridge. The Plaza provides a terraced hardscape to host events throughout the seasons- outdoor film screenings, performances, ice skating and beach volleyball. The northern site is densely planted with native grasses and woodland perennials for seasonal floral color, creating quieter experiences removed from the city.

rendering © Diller Scofidio + Renfro

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