First Look at US Olympic Museum
New York architect Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS&R) has unveiled a concept for the US Olympic Museum. To be located in Colorado Springs, near the Olympic training center, the 60,000 sq ft building will house exhibit space, a state of the art theatre, gift shop, café, and broadcast studio. The goal of project is to put visitors in the shoes of the athletes as they prepare to go for gold.
“Inspired by the movement of athletes, the US Olympic Museum spirals downward to a central atrium, drawing the public in at its base and propelling them up through galleries. Expressed in two parts of one body in counterpoise, the building frames a new downtown public plaza below the view of Pikes Peak, and extends a new axis to America the Beautiful Park west,” said Elizabeth Diller, Principal of DS&R. A new bridge will connect the museum to the park and serve as a natural gateway to the downtown.
Dedicated to the achievements of Olympians and Paralympians, the museum is expected to break ground in 2016 and open prior to the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.