The United States Olympic and Paralympic Museum in Colorado Springs, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Photo: Jason O’Rear.
The museum’s other notable attribute is its high level of accessibility. The architects borrowed inspiration from the Guggenheim Museum, which invites visitors to take an elevator to the top floor and then descend along ramps as they explore galleries. There are no steps up or down, and the goal is to eliminate any differences in the museum experience among people with varying physical abilities. — The New York Times
For the NYT, Ray Mark Rinaldi reviews the DS+R-designed United States Olympic and Paralympic Museum with a special focus on accessibility. “Accommodations are the norm,” Rinaldi writes. “Ramps are low-grade and extra wide to fit two wheelchairs at the same time. Sign language interpreters appear in the corner of videos. Cane guards double as benches in the building’s spacious atrium.”
The 60,000-square-foot museum complex in Colorado Springs, Colorado opened to the public in July