Yesterday we explored BIG’s twisting timber tower for Park City’s Kimball Art Center, and today we’ll check out what Brooks + Scarpa has up its sleeve. The inspiration for the Kimball Cloud came directly from the many “blue bird” days of clear blue skies that Park City experiences. Brooks + Scarpa decided to remind us of our often sunny skies by introducing a new cloud into the urban landscape. The bright tower set beside the existing historic structure of the arts center is a beacon that can been seen and experienced from almost every vantage point in town. Daylight here is one of the driving strategies and the translucent panels of the cloud tower filter light into the space and down through each level to create an open and inviting space.
Existing facilities of the Kimball will be renovated and upgraded in accordance with the programmatic plan adding necessary office, storage and classroom space. The historic building’s roof will be turned into a large outdoor venue and seating and the side of the cloud becomes a movie screen to project the latest films from Sundance or other feature presentations. The cloud then will house new gallery and exhibition spaces, a kitchen and restaurant and will be topped off with an outdoor terrace and garden.