Gallery: BIG Proposes Twisting Timber Eco Tower for the Kimball Art Cen...

 
BIG led by Bjark Ingels has proposed a twisting timber tower as part of a design competition to renovate and expand the Kimball Art Center in Park City, UT. The green renovation of the existing historic structure will be combined with a new tower to expand the arts and culture center. Inspired by historic mining buildings from the ski town's past, BIG's concept makes use of reclaimed trestlewood from train tracks to build the new gallery and exhibition space. A number of other sustainable strategies, like solar power, rainwater collection, a high performing thermal envelope and daylighting will play into the design to give the town a new landmark tower and a name in the international arts world.

The Kimball Art Center is a central hub within the old town district of Park City, UT and is located in the historic gas station and garage of Bill Kimball, who donated it to become an arts and cultural center. Looking to expand, the Kimball Art Center invited 5 internationally-recognized architecture firms to draft up concepts and proposals for an exciting new landmark building. BIG is currently competing against 4 other firms to win the award to design the center and their competitors include Brooks + Scarpa, Sparano + Mooney Architecture, Tod Williams and Billie Tsien Architects, and Will Bruder + Partners. Over this next week, we will cover all 5 proposals and ask you, our readers, which design you think is best.

Park City, UT was born during the age of mining and remnants of its history surround and weave throughout the city. Mining ruins are still much a part of the landscape even while the ski industry leads the way for the town’s economy now. BIG took inspiration from the mining history and especially the Silver King Coalition Mine Building erected in 1901, which stood as the tallest building for 80 years until it burnt to the ground in 1982. Built from heavy timbers, the Coalition Building could be seen from everywhere in town and BIG wanted to recreate that landmark tower through the Kimball Arts Center. The existing historic building of the Kimball will remain, but will be expanded upon with a twisting timber form that will house the gallery and exhibition spaces.

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  1. jeanine paquette January 29, 2012 at 1:28 am

    It’s a fascinating building design, approriarw in concept, atructural materials. It will be a most appealing art center wnhancement. I like it. Go for it. Thanks for opportunity to comment.

    Sincerely,
    Jeanine Paquette

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