Samaranch Memorial Museum
by HAO and Archiland Beijing

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Samaranch Memorial Museum by HAO and Archiland Beijing

Construction is underway on a Olympic-themed museum in Tianjin, China, comprising five connected rings.

Samaranch Memorial Museum by HAO and Archiland Beijing

Designed by Dutch architects HAO and Beijing studio Archiland, the museum will commemorate the legacy of Juan Antonio Samaranch, who was president of the International Olympic Committee from 1980 to 2001 and an influential promoter of the games.

Samaranch Memorial Museum by HAO and Archiland Beijing

Exhibitions dedicated to Samaranch's work will be housed in a figure of eight-shaped building that will loop around an entrance courtyard and garden in the two largest rings of the complex.

Samaranch Memorial Museum by HAO and Archiland Beijing

The three smaller circles will contain sunken courtyards, providing spaces for temporary exhibitions, administration and research.

Samaranch Memorial Museum by HAO and Archiland Beijing

The Samaranch Memorial Museum is due to complete in 2013.

Samaranch Memorial Museum by HAO and Archiland Beijing

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Samaranch Memorial Museum by HAO and Archiland Beijing

Here's a project description from HAO:


The HAO / Holm Architecture Office + Archiland Beijing design for the Samaranch Memorial Museum in Tianjin, China is under construction.

Samaranch Memorial Museum by HAO and Archiland Beijing

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.

Samaranch Memorial Museum by HAO and Archiland Beijing

Concept diagram - click above for larger image

Project Information:

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.

Samaranch Memorial Museum by HAO and Archiland Beijing

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

Samaranch Memorial Museum by HAO and Archiland Beijing

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.

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

Samaranch Memorial Museum by HAO and Archiland Beijing

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.

Samaranch Memorial Museum by HAO and Archiland Beijing

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

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

Samaranch Memorial Museum by HAO and Archiland Beijing

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.

Samaranch Memorial Museum by HAO and Archiland Beijing

“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.” Jens Holm, Founder, HAO

Samaranch Memorial Museum by HAO and Archiland Beijing

Name: Samaranch Memorial Museum
Program: Museum and Landscape
Type: Competition
Size: 15.000 m2 building, 80.000 m2 landscape
Client: City of Tianjin
Collaborators: Archiland Beijing, Krag & Berglund, Cowi Beijing
Location: Tianjin, China
Status: Completion 2013

  • MarosH

    Why is Juan Antonio in China project named as a Jose Samaranch?

  • man_lai

    Looks like copying the Danish Pavilion by Bjarke Ingels Group at Shanghai Expo 2010 to me.

  • Josh Nelson

    It is copying the Danish Pavilion at the Shanghai Expo… and then not copying the olympic logo, but distorting it to express a false concept while destroying the equality the five rings represent.

    Poor at the very least.

    • Tdh

      My thoughts exactly. The ‘rings’ are symbolic of the designer’s lack of creativity, not the Olympics.

  • TSH

    They should convert some of their unused stadiums and buildings from when they held the Olympics. That would be a better tribute.

  • Brodie

    agreed man_lai.

    I also wonder why it’s just commemorated to Juan Antonio Samaranch .

    Was this an Olympic bid promise?

  • mike the cat

    Why a Samaranch Museum in China?

    Any context here?

    • http://twitter.com/Dezeen @Dezeen

      Hi mike the cat,

      The architects explain that Samaranch was "a strong supporter of China's bid as host city for the 2008 Olympic Games" and say that the museum will feature exhibitions that show the impact his work had on China and the world.

      Amy/Dezeen

  • Lolo Raybee

    Oh, really man_lai?

  • what

    Feel like I am watching dispute between Samsung and Apple. It is not fare to say that HAO copied BIG's one only because it has spiral ramps in a circular shape building.

    • TOM

      That's true. It should at least be mentioned that also the method of presentation has been copied from BIG.

  • Jordi Panzram

    These renders look like just any other renders out there. Really growing tired of this seamlessness.

  • http://rgarzamarcos.com/ ricardo

    If you change the Samaranch statue to the Little Mermaid, bam!! You got yourself a Danish pavilion! http://static.dezeen.com/uploads/2010/05/dzn_BIG_

  • +++

    In fact I found it looks more like the JDS one for Belgium pavillon (lost). You’ll see it here: http://jdsa.eu/bps/
    And indeed, I agree with Jordi Panzram.