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Kimball Art Center

Kimball Art Center

  • Kimball Art Center

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    Kimball Art Center

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    Kimball Art Center

  • Twisting facade formed from stacked, reclaimed timbers.

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    Twisting facade formed from stacked, reclaimed timbers.

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    Twisting façade formed from stacked, reclaimed timbers.

  • Model

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    Model

  • Massing diagram: Existing Kimball Art Center

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    Massing diagram: Existing Kimball Art Center

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    Massing diagram: Existing Kimball Art Center

  • Massing diagram: Two new galleries top out at 80 feet, the height of the historic Coalition Building, which was, until it burned down in the 1980s, Park City's tallest building.

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    Massing diagram: Two new galleries top out at 80 feet, the height of the historic Coalition Building, which was, until it burned down in the 1980s, Park City's tallest building.

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    Massing diagram: Two new galleries top out at 80 feet, the height of the historic Coalition Building, which was, until it burned down in the 1980s, Park City's tallest building.

  • Massing diagram: Street-level gallery, which is oriented to the city's existing grid.

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    Massing diagram: Street-level gallery, which is oriented to the city's existing grid.

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    Massing diagram: Street-level gallery, which is oriented to the city's existing grid.

  • Massing diagram: Sky Gallery, which is oriented toward Heber Avenue, the more recent gateway to the city.

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    Massing diagram: Sky Gallery, which is oriented toward Heber Avenue, the more recent gateway to the city.

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    Massing diagram: Sky Gallery, which is oriented toward Heber Avenue, the more recent gateway to the city.

  • Massing diagram: Twisting volume that accomodates directional shift

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    Massing diagram: Twisting volume that accomodates directional shift

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    Massing diagram: Twisting volume that accomodates directional shift

  • Massing diagram: Program, identifying the restaurant and administrative spaces sandwiched between the two new galleries, and the education spaces housed in the existing art center structure.

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    Massing diagram: Program, identifying the restaurant and administrative spaces sandwiched between the two new galleries, and the education spaces housed in the existing art center structure.

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    Massing diagram: Program, identifying the restaurant and administrative spaces sandwiched between the two new galleries, and the education spaces housed in the existing art center structure.

  • Interior.

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    Interior.

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    Interior.

  • Interior stair leading to upper levels.

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    Interior stair leading to upper levels.

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    Interior stair leading to upper levels.

  • Restaurant, overlooking the lobby space below.

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    Restaurant, overlooking the lobby space below.

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    Restaurant, overlooking the lobby space below.

  • Performance venue.

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    Performance venue.

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    Performance venue.

  • Gallery

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    Gallery

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    Gallery

Copenhagen-based BIG’s new addition to the Kimball Art Center in Park City, Utah, expands exhibition space for the center, which serves as both a community hub and a theater for Sundance House, a screening venue for the 10-day Sundance Film Festival. “They wanted a landmark, but it [Park City] is, at the same time, a very tight-knit community,” says project leader Leon Rost. “We really needed to find a way to resonate with the history.” The addition comprises two stacked gallery spaces that can be used as screening rooms during the festival. The lower volume is oriented along the original city grid, but the upper volume is angled toward Heber Avenue, the newer gateway to the city. The addition’s walls are formed from stacked timbers—salvaged from a defunct trestle that crossed, and then collapsed into, the Great Salt Lake—that twist to accommodate the shift. “It has a textural quality,” Rost says of the wood. The building is targeting LEED Platinum, and has an expected completion date of 2015.