February 16, 2012, 2:13 pm

As the building rises it turns to greet visitors entering the city, 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.

Kimball Art Centre by BIG
Kimball Art Centre by BIG
Kimball Art Centre by BIG
Kimball Art Centre by BIG
Kimball Art Centre by BIG
Kimball Art Centre by BIG
Kimball Art Centre by BIG
Kimball Art Centre by BIG
Kimball Art Centre by BIG
Kimball Art Centre by BIG
Kimball Art Centre by BIG
Kimball Art Centre by BIG
Kimball Art Centre by BIG
Kimball Art Centre by BIG
Kimball Art Centre by BIG
Kimball Art Centre by BIG
Kimball Art Centre by BIG
Kimball Art Centre by BIG
Kimball Art Centre by BIG
Kimball Art Centre by BIG
Kimball Art Centre by BIG
Kimball Art Centre by BIG
Kimball Art Centre by BIG
Kimball Art Centre by BIG
Kimball Art Centre by BIG
Kimball Art Centre by BIG
Kimball Art Centre by BIG
Kimball Art Centre by BIG
The Renovation and Expansion of Kimball Art Centre by BIG in Park City, Utah, USA
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‘…BIG’s design for the new Kimball Art Centre, inspired by the urban development of Park City, the Kimball site, and the city’s mining heritage, envisions the building as an anchor for the street life on Main St. and as a gateway and landmark for Park City. The new Kimball is designed with the flexibility, character and personality necessary to become a natural incubator for public life…
… At 80 feet, the new Kimball Art Centre 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…
…The twisting façade of the building encloses a continuous spiral staircase, leading the visitors from the ground floor to the generous roof terrace, which can be used for outdoor exhibitions and events. Skylights allow light to wash down the gallery walls below. In between the two galleries is a restaurant, which spills out onto a sculpture garden on the rooftop of the existing, historic Kimball Art Centre building.
The existing building is converted into an educational hub, complementing the function of the new Art Centre. At its heart is a flexible double height auditorium for screenings and exhibitions. During summer, the façade towards Heber Ave opens up to the street and exposes the internal activities. The roof of the existing building is equipped with solar thermal panels concealed by indigenous plants. An outdoor sculpture garden loops around the perimeter of the roof.
The new Kimball Arts Centre takes advantage of Park City’s climate, with an objective to meet a LEED platinum rating by harnessing sources of natural heat, using natural daylight, maximizing ventilation, and recycling rainwater. Generous skylights and large ribbon windows flood the building with diffused natural light, greatly reducing energy costs for lighting. Operable skylights trigger natural stack ventilation. A ground-coupled heat exchanger is drilled deep into the ground in non-built areas. The heat pumps either extract heat from the circulating water in the winter, or reject heat in the summer.’

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ARCHITECT: BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group, Copenhagen, Denmark. CLIENT: Kimball Art Center. LOCATION: Park City, Utah, USA. DESCRIPTION: Art Centre. STATUS: Competition Winner. AREA: 2.800 sqm. COLLABORATORS: Architectural Nexus, Dunn Associates, Van Boerum & Frank Associates, Envision Engineering, Big D Construction. PARTNER-IN-CHARGE: Bjarke Ingels, Thomas Christoffersen. PROJECT LEADER: Leon Rost. TEAM: Terrence Chew, Suemin Jeon, Chris Falla, Andreia Teixeira, Ho Kyung Lee. DATE: projected for completion by Mid-2015. No part of this web site may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without prior permission of Morfae and the copyright owner.
Kimball Art Centre
The Renovation and Expansion of Kimball Art Centre by BIG in Park City, Utah, USA

BIG + ARCHITECTURAL NEXUS win the architectural competition for the Kimball Art Centre in Utah, USA

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