With the Sundance Film Festival beginning this week, many eyes are turned on Park City, UT and one of the central venues for the 10 day event - the Kimball Art Center. The historic arts center is in need of a major renovation and upgrade, so they asked 5 incredible architecture firms to come up with sustainable and innovative designs. Over the last couple weeks, we featured all 5 proposals that run the gamut from soaring translucent towers to modern facades that make beautiful use of natural materials - and now we want to know which one is your favorite! So who is it gonna be - BIG, Brooks + Scarpa, Sparano + Mooney Architecture, Tod Williams and Billie Tsien Architects, or Will Bruder + Partners?
Denmark-based BIG took inspiration from historic mining structures in Park City to design this twisting timber tower. They combined clean, modern lines with rustic timber to create a daylight-filled space that takes great pains to be energy-efficient.
LA-based Brooks + Scarpa designed an airy, cloud-like sculpture to top the renovation of the Kimball Art Center. The proposal features lots of daylighting, natural ventilation, and plenty of public event space.
Local Salt Lake City firm Sparano + Mooney looked to nature when designing their KAC renovation, which is focused around aspens and wood as its central theme. The beautiful and timeless design combines beetle-killed and locally harvested wood with a fritted glass exterior and solar photovoltaic-coated windows.
TWBTA were inspired by the surrounding alpine landscape so they wanted to capture a piece of nature with their proposal. Their Box of Sky and Shadow design features an influx of natural daylight, a copper-clad exterior, energy-efficient systems, and roof-mounted photovoltaics.
Phoenix-based Will Bruder + Partners dreamed up an exciting and colorful addition for the historic arts center and topped it off with solar photovoltaics and vertical axis wind turbines. Of all the designs, this is certainly the most urban – it’s clad with a facade composed of multicolored stripes.
If you’re in Park City sometime this month, be sure to stop in at the Kimball Art Center to see the models in person and comment on the proposals. All of the projects will be on display throughout the Sundance Film Festival and a decision is expected to be reached sometime in February or March. Help them decide by voting for your favorite!