Athens Olympic Museum
Mariana Bisti

Athens Olympic Museum

KLAB architecture (kinetic lab of architecture) as Architects

Working with the shell of an existing building that used to be the ( IBC) International Broadcast Center during the 2004 Olympic games in Athens,  KLab (SPATIAL DESIGN) and Mulo Creative Lab (EXHIBITION DESIGN), focused on transforming the museum’s interior in an exciting, learning experience, full of spatial and graphic suprises for the visitor. Narrating the story of the Olympic Games, ancient and modern, Athens Olympic Museum(AOM)  unfolds a story of 3000 years on the evolution of sportsmanship and its heroes, the athletes.

photo_credit Mariana Bisti
Mariana Bisti

The museum is organised in two parts. One tells the story of the Olympic Games from their beginning in ancient Greece till their rebirth in 1896, and their modern period as we know it until now. The second part is dedicated in the Olympic movement its values its athletes and sports.The architects and designers developed the architecture and exhibition design in parallel, so the whole feels coherent.. Both design teams had the privilege to work simultaneously in the same space  developing a complete idea of how the museum will look at the end with its exhibits and graphics. 

photo_credit Mariana Bisti
Mariana Bisti

The museum  both minimal and monumental  gives you the opportunity of  experinencing a variety of intriguing spaces  . The narrative of each space lead to an ad hoc design while maintaining an overall architectural identity. Whilst spaces are powerful their abstaction allows different readings and architecture objects and graphics complementing each other without distructing from the information rich content.Curves and arches were introduced in a new way recalling the ancient stadiums. This has created a fluid  organic space which covered the 1800m2 of the exhibition space  making the movement of the museum visitors easy and comfort.

photo_credit Mariana Bisti
Mariana Bisti

Klab architecture along with Coolshadow as lighting consultants believe that light in this museum should be a priority. We felt that it should be  omnipresnt, as it in the Greek landscape, without being noticed. Spaces were filled with light simulating natural light  intruding the spaces.Transitions from space to space were treated meticulously in order to provide either smooth transitions or suprising ones. Diferrentiation on ceiling heights, color and texture variations and engaging graphic illustrations produce a complex spatial story telling which emphasize the content. 

photo_credit Mariana Bisti
Mariana Bisti

‘We had infinite sources of inspiration for the overall composition,’ says KLab’s director Konstantinos Labrinopoulos, ‘as we had many objects to work with, supported by other museums and cultural bodies and the vast archaelogical treasure of Grrece . Our design, to an extent, highlights the sense of sporting competition, through the depictions of athletes in motion, which in turn is a narration of the idea of evolution of sports through time.’ 

photo_credit Mariana Bisti
Mariana Bisti
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