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Pikes Peak Hill Climb Experience Museum

Pikes Peak Hill Climb Experience

El Pomar Foundation, Colorado Springs, CO

Since its first running in 1916, the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb has become one of America’s most beloved and iconic automobile races.

So when the El Pomar Foundation of Colorado Springs decided to build a museum on the campus of the historic Broadmoor hotel to commemorate the Hill Climb, they wanted to create an experience as unique and exhilarating as the race it celebrated.

Pikes Peak Hill Climb Experience Museum artifacts

In collaboration with CSNA Architects and Kauffman Museum, we worked to design an immersive space that embodied the cultural and historical significance of the Hill Climb.

Pikes Peak Hill Climb Experience Museum starting line

Using a ramp shaped to emulate the Pikes Peak Highway, visitors ascend through the museum, encountering historic automobiles, gathering historical and scientific information, and experiencing the unique flavor of the race up America’s Mountain along the way.

Pikes Peak Hill Climb Experience Museum cars

From the colors on the walls to the copy accompanying the artifacts, we worked to shape the space in a way that authentically captures the spirit of the Pikes Peak Hill Climb, past, present and future.

Pikes Peak Hill Climb Experience Museum mural design

The museum features a massive hand-painted mural extending the entire length of the building.

Pikes Peak Hill Climb Experience Museum mural painting

The graphic design involved an interesting mix of infographics, illustrations, large banners, and photographs.

Pikes Peak Hill Climb Experience Museum graphic design

From Concept to Reality

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Most of the conceptual work for this project was done using a scale model vs. computer renderings.

Chuck Regier of Kauffman Museum led the model-making process, with Aaron Gaeddert and the rest of the team meticulously crafting model parts.

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Pikes Peak Hill Climb Experience Museum outdoor sign
Pikes Peak Hill Climb Experience Museum reader rail
Pikes Peak Hill Climb Experience Museum car crash