diller scofidio + renfro completes its spiraling US olympic & paralympic museum in colorado
 

diller scofidio + renfro completes its spiraling US olympic & paralympic museum in colorado

diller scofidio + renfro completes its sculpturally twisting US olympic and paralympic museum, a monumental project surrounded by colorado’s southern rocky mountain range. the museum stands as a tribute to the olympic and paralympic movements with team USA athletes at the center of the experience. inspired by the energy and grace of the team USA athletes and the organizations inclusive values, the volume of the building spirals to suggest a dynamic motion and allows visitors to descend the galleries in one continuous trajectory.

 

designboom visits the US olympic and paralympic museum ahead of its opening in colorado, touring its interactive exhibits.

diller scofidio + renfro completes its spiraling US olympic & paralympic museum in colorado
all images by jason o’rear, unless otherwise stated

 

 

diller scofidio + renfro sculpts its US olympic and paralympic museum (USOPM) in colorado as an abstracted formalization of the radial motion of the discus thrower — an icon of the olympics which dates back to antiquity. the project was developed together with anderson mason dale architects. at the level of the exterior plaza and entrance, a terraced hardscape expresses the heart of the museum complex. cradled by the museum building to the south and the café to the north, the plaza frames a postcard view of pikes peak and the rocky mountains beyond. with integrated amphitheater seating for 230 people, the plaza is able to host outdoor events throughout the seasons, from the winter games through the summer games.

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within the soaring, 40-foot tall atrium of the US olympic and paralypmpic museum, diller scofidio + renfro introduces a skylight which illuminates softly perforated screens. four balconies at varying heights overlooking the atrium re-orient visitors to this central space as they move through the galleries. the height of each balcony offers a visual representation of that of a record-breaking olympic jump. the highest balcony measures 29 feet, 2.5 inches — the current standing olympic long jump record, set in 1968 by olympian bob beamon.

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diller scofidio + renfro completes its spiraling US olympic & paralympic museum in colorado
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diller scofidio + renfro completes its spiraling US olympic & paralympic museum in colorado
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diller scofidio + renfro completes its spiraling US olympic & paralympic museum in colorado
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project info:

 

project title: US olympic and paralympic museum (USOPM)

design architect: diller scofidio + renfro

architect of record: anderson mason dale architects

location: colorado springs, colorado

owner: the united states olympic and paralympic museum

address: 200 s. sierra madre st, in southwest downtown colorado springs, colorado

video: jason o’rear, courtesy of diller scofidio + renfro (2020)

photography: jason o’rear

 

exhibition designers: gallagher & associates

museum & content development: barrie projects

structural engineer: KL&A in collaboration with arup

civil engineer: kiowa engineering corporation

fire engineering: jensen hughes

mechanical & plumbing engineer: the ballard group

electrical engineer: ME engineers acoustics, audio/ visual, theater: arup

accessibility: ileana rodriguez

lighting: tillotson design associates

landscape architects: NES, inc. in collaboration with hargreaves jones

code: advanced consulting engineers

vertical circulation: iros elevators design services

cost estimating: dharam consulting

energy modeling: iconergy

exterior envelope consultant: heitmann & associates

facade fabrication: MG mcgrath

construction manager and general contractor: GE johnson

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