Bridgette Meinhold

Will Bruder's Colorful Kimball Art Center Proposal is Powered By the Sun & Wind

by , 01/10/12

Kimball Art Center-Will Bruder

As for sustainability, Will Bruder’s plan is aiming high for LEED Platinum certification and features a number of strategies to achieve energy efficiency and sustainability. Beyond the renovation and reuse of the existing facilities, high performance mechanical systems, natural ventilation and daylighting will all work to reduce energy use. A large sky well starting from the rooftop will pull light down into all three levels. The exterior slatted cladding on the new space filters light into the gallery and offers glimpses out into the town. The rooftop deck will be planted with vegetation to help infiltration rain and snow. Finally energy for the building will be generated with vertical axis wind turbines and photovoltaics.

Will Bruder pays homage to a number of artists in his design. The wind turbine tower located over the translucent elevator shaft features colored panels similar to Olafur Oliasson’s Rainbow Panorama. The elevator or “artvator” references James Turrell’s light installations. The skywell references Dan Graham and Robert Irwin.

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