giovedì 29 dicembre 2011

BIG architects: kimball art center

Internationally-recognized architecture practice bjarke ingels group has completed a design proposal of the new kimball art center in park city, utah, usa. drawing from the recent urban development of the city, the context of the site, and the area's mining heritage, the project seeks to present through proportions and materiality the history of park city. Situated on the intersection of two high-traffic streets - main street and heber avenue - the new  cultural facility is a stacked design that in essence provides two galleries in one structure: the building's  footprint is arranged to meet the city's grid (parallel to main street) while the top gallery aligns itself with the diagonally-running heber avenue. 

The resulting form is a building that pivots around to have two orientations. rising over 24 meters - the same height at which the historical landmark 'coalition building' stood adjacent to the site - the art center achieves a visually distinct identity at the gateway to the city.  Built using heavy timber, the construction method and material references the city's coal mining history: instead of stacking the wood to create a retaining wall as they did within the mines, the residential houses inverted this technique and applied it to the outside of the house as the primary structure. The new kimball art center takes this building method to create a 'highly-evolved log cabin'.  The twisting form carves out the route of the circulation resulting in a continuous spiral staircase  that runs embedded into the timber facade. 

Project info:

client: kimball art center

size: 2,800 m2

partner in charge: bjarke ingels
project leader: leon rost
team: terrence chew, suemin jeon, chris falla, andreia teixeira, ho kyung lee
collaborators: nexus architects, dunn associates, urn boerum & frank associates, and envision engineering

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