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.