United States Olympic and Paralympic Museum



The United States Olympic and Paralympic Museum

A new cultural facility recognized by the International Olympic Committee, the United States Olympic and Paralympic Museum celebrates American Olympic and Paralympic athletes. The 60,000 square foot museum is located at the base of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado Springs, home of the United States Olympic Training Center. The museum will act as an anchor the new City for Champions District, forming a new axis bridging downtown Colorado Springs to the America the Beautiful Park to the west.

Dynamic Form

The dynamic building form is inspired by the energy and grace of Olympians in competition. The galleries, auditorium and administrative spaces spiral and stretch centrifugally around the central atrium space. The visitor’s experience through the gallery is guided by a subtle diagonal clerestory light that terminates in a view of the surrounding City.”

The Museum Experience

Visitors ascend the light-filled atrium in an elevator upon arrival, before gradually spiraling down through a sequence of loft galleries. The museum features 20,000 square feet of interactive exhibit space, including the Parade of Nations, where visitors will experience the excitement and energy of walking into the stadium of the Opening Ceremony. In the Winter Games gallery, the slope of the building form becomes the angled icy slope of the winter games events featuring a bobsleds, snow boards and skeleton sleds. The introspective atrium and expansive views of the city orients visitors between each exhibit, creating a rhythm and pace that allows for varying speeds of the museum experience.

Southwest Downtown Pedestrian Bridge

A new pedestrian bridge, which crosses railroad tracks, connects downtown Colorado Springs to America the Beautiful Park, as well as the existing trail system. The stressed skin structure simultaneously acts like an arch and a truss. The bridge is an exercises in fitness - both in terms of materiel and geometry.

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  • United States Olympic Museum site plan
  • United States Olympic Museum aerial site view
  • United States Olympic Museum view from Vermijo Avenue
  • United States Olympic Museum plaza (summer)
  • United States Olympic Museum plaza (winter)
  • Atrium
  • United States Olympic Museum theater
  • United States Olympic Museum boardroom
Project information
Size (GSF)60000LocationColorado Springs, United States
groundbreakingJune 2017completed2020
External credits
Anderson Mason Dale ArchitectsArchitect of Record
ArupAcoustics, Audiovisual & Theater and Structural
KL&A Inc.Executive Structural Engineers
Gallagher & AssociatesExhibition Designers
GE JohnsonConstruction Manager and General Contractor
Barrie ProjectsMuseum & Content Development
The Ballard GroupMechanical and Plumbing Engineer
ME EngineersElectrical Engineer
Tillotson Design AssociatesLighting Consultant
Hargreaves AssociatesLandscape Architect
NES ColoradoExecutive Landscape Architect
Jensen HughesFire Protection Consultant
KiowaCivil Engineering
Dharam ConsultingCost Consultant