Pictures: BIG’s twisted art centre

A team comprising BIG + Architectural Nexus has won a competition for the renovation and expansion of Kimball Art Centre in Park City, Utah, USA.

Danish firm BIG found inspiration in the urban development of Park City and the settlement’s mining heritage.

Timber was the primary construction material of the first miner settlers in Park City, and BIG’s design is described as a “highly-evolved log cabin at an unprecedented scale”.

They solved this by essentially giving each street a gallery. The building footprint sits in relation to the city’s main street and  grid. As it rises it turns to face visitors entering the city via Heber Avenue.

Commenting on the competition entries, Robin Marrouche, executive director, Kimball Art Centre, said: “BIG built the strongest case for the continuity of Park City’s history—a bold, poetic new landmark to resurrect the spirit of the Coalition Mine Building that burned down in the 1980s.”

Construction is expected to begin in mid-2013 with completion projected for mid 2015.


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