Will Bruder’s design is the least organic looking and yet is possibly the most sustainable of the 5 options. The concept itself is very cosmopolitan, artsy and has a quality more like a flashy new movie theater than a community art center. And yet, the design is intriguing in that it brings a level of edginess virtually non-existent to Park City.* The colorful exterior border is exciting and the new playfully accents the historic structure. Transparency and daylight play strong rolls in the design and the use of renewable energy is both artistic and recognizable to the general public. Layout wise, the plan seems thoughtful and cohesive with enough flexible space to meet the demands of the center.
This proposal is exciting without being over the top or too extravagant. At the same time, Bruder’s plan pays little regard for the historic roots of the city or the surrounding architecture. The fear here is that the design will fall out of fashion as opposed to a design that fits in more with the heritage of the old town. We must ask ourselves if 20 years from now the design will be outdated? Another Although minor, another critique is the arrangement of the outdoor deck and placement of the movie screen on the west side which blocks views and sunlight. There are many concepts within this proposal that are beautifully conceived, but overall might date the town in the future.
Images © Will Bruder + Partner courtesy of the Kimball Art Center and ©Bridgette Meinhold
* Bridgette Meinhold calls Park City, UT home and is intimately involved in the activities of the Kimball Art Center. She has watched the design competition closely since it first began and will continue to provide in-depth, first hand info on the project as it evolves.