US Olympic Museum Photo: Diller Scofidio + Renfro

The preliminary designs for the US Olympic Museum in Colorado Springs have been unveiled. The 60,000-square-foot building will be dedicated to honoring American Olympic and Paralympic athletes throughout history.

The project’s lead designer, Elizabeth Diller from interdisciplinary design studio Diller Scofidio + Renfro, said that the building’s spirals and flowing lines were inspired by the fluid motion of athletes’ bodies.

The main feature of the building will be a large central atrium eventually leading up to a top-floor gallery with an incredible view of Pike’s Peak, one of the highest summits in the Rockies. A futuristic theatre, broadcast studio, gift shop, cafe and 20,000 square feet of interactive exhibit space are also in the works.

Some of the amazing, interactive exhibits include the US Olympic Hall of Fame and the Science and Technology Lab, which will offer visitors some insight into cutting-edge developments in sports medicine and training.

The museum is set to be built on 1.7 acres of land in the Colorado Springs’ Downtown Urban Renewal District. Part of the project’s mission is to create a sustainable, accessible gathering place, so the eco-friendly site was a fitting choice. Located minutes away from the US Olympic Committee Headquarters and the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center, officials say the museum will offer visitors an authentic olympic experience, uniting people of all walks of life in the spirit of the games.

With $42 million already in the bank, the project leaders hope to eventually double that number to cover construction costs and the building’s first few years of operation. The money will come from donations and state sales taxes, money made available through the Colorado Regional Tourism Act.

Check out some more renderings of the project below:

US Olympic Museum Photo: Diller Scofidio + Renfro

US Olympic Museum Photo: Diller Scofidio + Renfro

US Olympic Museum Photo: Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Diller Scofidio + Renfro has worked on several other impressive projects recently, including the MOMA expansion in New York City, the Museum of Image and Sound in Rio and The Broad, an art museum in Los Angeles. Also on the construction team roster is Anderson Mason Dale Architects, Barrie Projects, Gallagher and Associates and GE Johnson.

The institution will offer visitors a unique place to celebrate national pride, changing and evolving as future Olympic legends realize their dreams. The project leaders are hoping to break ground in 2016 and open the museum’s doors in 2018.

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