BIG wins competition for the new Kimball Art Center in Park City


BIG has just been announced as the winner of the competition for the new Kimball Art Center in , . The non-profit community center for the visual arts, which started in 1976, invites people to experience art through education, exhibitions and events. The aging historic building (dated from 1929) was in need of restoration and an addition that could allow the organization to increase their educational outreach and enhance the quality and scale of the exhibitions, while maintaining free admission to the public.

The competition’s shortlist included some of the (in my opinion) best firms in the US these days: BIG (actually Danish, but with an office in NY, which in a way “landed” in the US with several ongoing projects), Brooks + ScarpaSparano + Mooney ArchitectureTod Williams and Billie Tsien Architects, and Will Bruder + Partners LTD

You can check BIG’s proposal previously featured at ArchDaily, a project that stood out not only in formal aspects, but because of its connection with the history that the Kimball Art Center has represented.

Cite: Basulto, David. "BIG wins competition for the new Kimball Art Center in Park City" 10 Feb 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 30 May 2015. <>
  • Chris

    I do like the design, but the proposal package and Bjarke’s presentation alone made the sale IMO.

  • Hemack

    The real news will be when BIG do not win a competition.
    Nice image though…

    • Sam

      Over the first 4 years of BIG, they were only awarded 4 out of 100 proposals…

      They are often too over the top, but are now getting recognition.

  • Andreas Karamalikis

    i had that feeling that BIG would win again already long before^^

  • David

    Now to deal with those pesky Historic District Design Guidelines…

  • Coracle

    How sad that the most medieval and least western response should win. I guess the politics of the big name architect and overt icon wins again. Sorry KAC, you missed the point.

    • DavidD

      It seems that a lot of the public and the not-so-critical critics of architecture are falling for the easy discourse and the architectural cliches of BIG. But as like in the old days of postmodernism, architecture-as-fun and sadly, without much substance other that the occasional use of “green” marketing sell points, seems prevalent these days.

  • Kevin

    If this isn’t gimmick architecture . . .