A rendering of the US Olympic Museum. Photo courtesy of the US Olympic Museum.

Olympic City USA will expand past the city core to showcase the world’s great athletes. 

Now slated to open in early 2020, well before the beginning of the Tokyo Summer Olympic Games on July 24, the $75 million United States Olympic Museum has been touted as a game changer for the southwest downtown area.

It’s expected to be both a major visitor attraction and a community center, hosting Olympic-related events in what may be the most accessible museum ever constructed. Colorado Springs community leaders are confident that the surrounding area will quickly activate, as major hotel, residential, and sports facilities are already poised to break ground.

The unique design of the U.S. Olympic Museum is credited to its architects at the Diller Scofidio + Renfro studio. This New York firm also designed the Shed, the widely-acclaimed $500 million cultural center in Manhattan’s Hudson Yards that opened on April 5 of this year. The 65,750- square-foot U.S. Olympic Museum promises to be just as extraordinary.

“The dynamic building form is inspired by the energy and grace of Olympians in competition,” according to the architects. As stated by Architect Magazine, “the design idealizes athletic motion by organizing its programs — galleries, auditorium, and administrative spaces — twisting and stretching centrifugally around an atrium space. Visitors arrive at the ground level of the atrium, and then ascend to the top of the building quickly and gradually spiral down through a sequence of loft galleries, moving back and forth from the introspective atrium to the building’s perimeter and views to the city and the mountains. The museum and the landscape are designed to form a new public plaza, nestling a distant view of Pikes Peak and an intersecting axis bridging downtown across the train tracks to America the Beautiful Park to the west.”

Words by John Hazlehurst