The site will be located next to the institution's current building, a historic garage (1929) in Park City, a popular ski resort also known as the site of the Sundance Film Festival. But not this glory of the city, but its mining past served as a source of inspiration for the architects. Their project is reminiscent of a 24-meter wooden warehouse that stood in Park City for 80 years and burned down in 1982.
The Kimbell Center for the Arts is of the same height and is also a tower-like structure made of timber. But, unlike its predecessor, its configuration is very complex: its volume "wriggles" as the height increases. As a result, it is focused on two key streets for the city at the intersection of which it is located. Also, the tall blockhouse reminds of the simple dwellings of farmers and miners that have characterized Park City since its inception.
The new building houses a restaurant on the ground floor, and an auditorium for ballet performances below ground level. Most of the tiers will be occupied by exhibition halls, and a sculpture park will be arranged on the green roof. The total area of the building will be 2,800 m2, the budget is more than $ 10 million.
The American bureaus TWBTA Tod Williams Billy Jian, Brooks + Scarpa, Sparano + Mooney Architecture, Will Bruder + Partners LTD also took part in the competition.