Kimball Art Center Shortlist

BIG Proposal - Courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group

In 1976, art enthusiast Bill Kimball transformed the 1929 Kimball Bros automotive garage into a non-profit community center for the visual arts, now known as the Kimball Art Center. Located in the heart of downtown , , the non-profit center serves as a gathering place for individuals to experience art through education, exhibitions and events. The aging historic building is in need of restoration and an addition that will allow the organization to increase their educational outreach and enhance the quality and scale of the exhibitions, while maintaining free admission to the public.

BIG, Brooks + Scarpa, Sparano + Mooney Architecture, Tod Williams and Billie Tsien Architects, and Will Bruder + Partners LTD are the five architects selected to submit final proposals for the transformation of the Kimball Art Center.

Continue after the break to watch each firm’s introductory presentation.

BIG: more information here

Brooks + Scarpa: more information here

Sparano + Mooney Architecture:

Tod Williams and Billie Tsien Architects:

Will Bruder + Partners LTD:

Cite: Rosenfield, Karissa. "Kimball Art Center Shortlist" 10 Jan 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 23 May 2015. <>
  • Chris Carlton

    Even without seeing all the design proposals, the rest of the field will be facing an uphill battle against BIG. He’s a juggernaut with presentations, and the others can’t match the impact his speech had. Scarpa does fine, but the other three… not so much.

    • Susan


      All great architects, but I think BIG and Brooks+Scarpa’s presentation/work seemed to sit above the rest. The others seemed somehow tired and dated, gloomy somehow.

      It’s hard to compete with Bjarke’s bubbly personable demeanor but kudos to Scarpa for making a go of it.

      I think the only hope the Americans have is if the client is looking for Made in the USA, which they may be.

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