BIG and Architectural Nexus design the winning proposal for the renovation and expansion of the Kimball Art Center
The Kimball Art Center, home to Sundance House during the Annual Sundance Film Festival, invited an international group of architects to submit designs for an interior renovation of the existing Kimball Art Center and the construction of a new building directly adjacent to the original, located centrally in Park City, Utah. The winning project was selected by an official jury. Construction is expected to begin in mid-2013, with completion by 2015.
“It was hard for the jury to choose between the five excellent finalists. BIG won the competition by proposing an iconic building that honors the spirit of Park City’s past and looks ahead into the 21st century. BIG’s design boldly reinterprets the Kimball Art Center’s place in the city skyline with this amazing new structure for the arts” says Maurice Cox, Jury Member and architectural educator at the University of Virginia.
BIG’s design is inspired by the urban development of Park City, the Kimball site, and the city’s mining heritage. It envisions the building as an anchor for the street life on Main St. and as a gateway and landmark for Park City. It is designed with the flexibility, character and personality necessary to become a natural incubator for public life.
At 80ft, the new Kimball Art Center matches the height of the formerly neighbouring Coalition Building. The building footprint and lower gallery sit in relation to Main St. and the city grid, and as the building rises it turns to greet visitors entering the city via Heber Ave, creating an iconic yet contextual building at the city’s doorstep. Referencing Park City’s mining heritage, the façade is constructed of massive stacked timber elements, creating an open publicly accessible space inside.
Of the project, Bjarke Ingels, founding partner at BIG says “The raw charm of Park City and the Kimball Art Center is rooted in a culture of appropriating the structures of past industry to accommodate spaces for cultural life and leisure. The plumes of smoke from the chimneys have turned into clouds of snow from the snow cannons. The old garage is now an art museum. Where the Coalition Building once stood as a landmark for Park City as a mining town - the new Kimball will be a beacon for Park City today as a home for an exploding cultural life and a sprawling creative community”.