Gallery: Will Bruder’s Colorful Kimball Art Center Proposal is Powered ...

This vibrant proposal for the Kimball Art Center renovation comes from Phoenix-based Will Bruder + Partners. In their submission, the architects offer up a design that is both colorful and translucent. Bruder proposes to tie in the renovation of the historic Kimball Garage with a bright and shiny new exhibition space banded by a series of black and colored vertical strips. The center is topped with a new green roof and outdoor plaza along with vertical axis wind turbines and a photovoltaic system. Initial inspiration came from some of the original mining buildings in Park City, but the end result is very urban and hip, with art, sculptural and architectural influences.

Will Bruder + Partners are currently competing against BIG, Brooks + Scarpa, Sparano + Mooney Architecture, and Tod Williams and Billie Tsien Architects to win the award to design the Kimball Art Center Transformation. This project includes the renovation of the historic center plus an expansion to create additional gallery, event, and education space. Bruder’s plan seeks to reinvent the Kimball away from its small town status into an exciting, urban and hip space. Drawing on local architectural influences as well as concepts from international artists and architects, the new KAC would be filled with modern designs and a 3 dimensional Möbius strip that defines the circulation from the inside to the outside.

The lower basement floor would feature a 165-seat screening room, which can be used for films, lectures and the Sundance Film Festival. Additionally, the lower floor would also house a street-level accessed restaurant and art studios and workshop space. The main floor houses administration offices, a lobby, gift shop and more studio space. The upper level provides access to the rooftop garden and outdoor venue and this level houses the main gallery and exhibition space.


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