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Did Park City Blow It With BIG's Kimball Art Center?

00:00 - 23 March, 2014
Did Park City Blow It With BIG's Kimball Art Center?, The original design for the Kimball Art Center. Image Courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)
The original design for the Kimball Art Center. Image Courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)

In an entertaining take on the events that led BIG to completely redesign their winning competition entry for the Kimball Art Center in Park City, Utah, Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan describes the new design as "ridiculously anonymous," "a huge — and almost hilarious — departure from the personality and warmth of the original design." She asks the residents of Park City, whose outrage forced the redesign, "are you happy now?" Read the full article here.

BIG Unveils New Scheme for Park City's Kimball Art Center

01:00 - 4 March, 2014
BIG Unveils New Scheme for Park City's Kimball Art Center, Courtesy of BIG
Courtesy of BIG

BIG has unveiled new plans for the Kimball Art Center in Park City, Utah. Departing from his original competition winning design, a twisted 76-foot tall log cabin whose height caused its demise due to public disapproval, the new scheme will now top out at a more modest 46-feet as two slanted concrete walls lift towards the sky and expose the center’s interior to the historic Old Main Street. 

"The building seems to rise with Main Street and the mountain landscape, while bowing down to match the scale of the existing Kimball," described Bjarke Ingels in a statement.

Kimball Art Center / Will Bruder+PARTNERS

13:00 - 15 January, 2012
Courtesy of Will Bruder and Partners
Courtesy of Will Bruder and Partners

The Kimball Art Center design proposal by Will Bruder+PARTNERS focuses on the nature of “exhibition” in the context of history. Taking a cue from the “colorful prehistoric petroglyphs and pictographs” of Utah’s canyons along with its abundance of formally expressive Victorian architecture, the proposal takes on the role of expression and education through color and craft. This sensitivity to the history and propogation of exhibition is instantly understood with the facade walls of Main and Heber Streets.

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Kimball Art Center / Sparano + Mooney Architecture

13:00 - 14 January, 2012
Courtesy of Sparano + Mooney Architecture
Courtesy of Sparano + Mooney Architecture

The Kimball Art Center in Park City, Utah is hosting a competition for a transformation of the “non-profit center for the arts in the heart of Park City’s historic and vibrant art community”. The list of architects competing to transform this cultural space is selective.  Among them is Sparano + Mooney Architecture, an internationally recognized firm with offices in Park City, Utah and Los Angeles, California.   The competition submissions for Stage II will be presented on February 2nd, but until then here is a preview of Sporano + Mooney’s Proposal!

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