In Progress: Samaranch Memorial Museum / Archiland Beijing + HAO (Holm Architecture Office)

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Architects: Archiland Beijing, HAO (Holm Architecture Office)
Location: ,
Project Area: 15,000 sqm
Client: City of Tianjin
Collaborators: Krag & Berglund, Cowi Beijing
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After adjusting the design of the competition scheme, the Samaranch Memorial Museum construction is well under way. The museum is expected to be completed by the end of 2013.

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Project Information:

Concept Diagram

Juan Antonio Samaranch, the president of the International Olympic Committee from 1980 to 2001, devoted his life to the Olympic. Throughout his presidency he advocated for reform and inclusion and was a strong supporter of Chinas bid as host city for the 2008 Olympic Games.

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The five interlocking rings of the Olympic Logo serves as the foundation for the buildings design.

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By re-arranging the rings and varying the scale we are proposing a museum consisting of two rings above ground and with 3 sunken courtyards.

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The two main rings serve as counterparts in the story of the life of Juan Antonio Samaranch.

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The first ring lifts and invites the visitor in through a public courtyard. This ring focuses on the legacy of the work Juan Antonio Samaranch did with the Olympic Committee and the impact it has had on China and the world. The second ring encloses a lush garden and focuses on the life and work of Juan Antonio Samaranch, serving as a memorial to his achievements.

Landscape Plan

Together the two rings create a continuous loop taking the visitor through both the exhibition and memorial areas.

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The surrounding park design is includes art and activity zones anchored by a new lake.


The Samaranch Memorial Museum is designed to take full advantage of green technologies. Solar cells is designed to be installed on the buildings roof and geothermal heating and cooling will provide climate control.

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“ With the design of the Samaranch Memorial Museum we propose to merge two existing typologies: the memorial and the museum. This new combination allows the building to both honor the life of Juan Antonio Samaranch while simultaneously creating a place which focuses on the true legacy of the Olympics: creating opportunities for people to meet and celebrate across cultural and geographical boundaries.”

Cite: Saieh, Nico. "In Progress: Samaranch Memorial Museum / Archiland Beijing + HAO (Holm Architecture Office)" 07 Aug 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 27 May 2015. <>
  • T

    That might be the worst design concept ever conceived, what do the Olympic rings have anything to do with this building? Because they’re circular?

  • Alejandro Castello

    This is just the copy of the Danish pavilion at The expo Shanghai 2010, the Olympic concept is just an excuse. Go China GO!!