After almost ten years of planning and building, the new United States Olympic & Paralympic Museum in Colorado Springs by Diller Scofidio + Renfro has opened its doors to the public. The museum focuses on the Olympic and Paralympic movements and the US athletes in particular. The 60,000-square foot building features 20,000 square feet of galleries, a state-of-the-art theater, event space and café. Twelve galleries with exhibitions designed by Gallagher Associates follow a narrative arc that takes guests through Team USA athlete's journey. Design and technology are aimed to make the museum one of the most accessible and interactive museums in the world, with tours that guests can customize according to their preferences and needs. US-American athletes were involved and consulted throughout the project to achieve the USOPM’s goal of an authentic experience and inclusive design.
Benjamin Gilmartin, architect and Partner at Diller Scofidio + Renfro who have become renown for cultural projects, describes features of the architecture: “A taut aluminum façade flexes and twists over the building’s dynamic pinwheel form, drawing inspiration from the energy and grace of Olympians and Paralympians. Inside, descending galleries are organized along a continuous spiral, enabling visitors of all abilities to have a shared, common experience along a universal pathway.”