Renderings released for world's first Winter Olympic museum
Maison H create new focal point for ski resort in Chongli
Maison H have released the latest designs for the Winter Olympic museum, which is part of a plan to redevelop the city of Chongli in time for the 2022 Olympics in Beijing. A popular Winter sports destination in the mountains north of Beijing, Chongli will host events such as snowboard, freestyle skiing, cross country skiing and ski jumping. Following an open public bidding process run by the city authorities, Maison H was selected alongside two other teams for both the building design and town centre redevelopment.
In addition to exhibition venues containing displays that will tell the story of the Olympics and related winter sports, Maison H provided designs for an academy with libraries and research facilities, a mountain sports centre, and a youth training centre with opportunities for virtual reality experiences. Related commercial and conference facilities will be established in order to boost the local economy.
The museum is divided into four elements, connected in a loop, that surround the central valley. The existing sloping terrain is gently sculpted into a public route that provides direct access to every ﬂoor in the building. In the mountains behind the site, a new ski-slope is proposed that passes under the existing highway and finishes up in the heart of the new building. Visitors can reach the top of the slope and an adjacent Hall of Fame via cable car, with the cable station providing further connections to other ski slopes.
A linked plan to rejuvenate Chongli’s town centre includes 180,000 sq m of mixed-typology residential areas and related public facilities, while a public space strategy seeks to increase development opportunities by forging links between local residents and global tourists. International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach commented on the project’s potential, stating:"The Winter Olympics represent the ambition, self-conﬁdence and attitude towards the future of a country. Chongli is looking to the future.”
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