Sanjay Gangal is the President of IBSystems, the parent company of AECCafe.com, MCADCafe, EDACafe.Com, GISCafe.Com, and ShareCG.Com.
Kimball Art Center in Park City by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects
December 15th, 2013 by Sanjay Gangal
Article source: Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects
Park City and the Kimball Art Center exist in an alpine landscape of great scale and beauty. While this is a superb location, it is a daunting challenge to making a building with an iconic presence.
Rather than trying to compete with the power of this place we have chosen to capture and contain its spirit through framed openings to the mountains and the sky. The new galleries, on the upper level, flank two outdoor rooms. Surrounded by sheets of hammered and punctured copper – these are sky rooms – looking out to the landscape and open to the atmosphere.
The entry to the building at Heber and Main is raised several feet above grade creating a “porch” on the sidewalk. An opening cuts through the sky room above, bringing natural light to the porch. The ground floor holds the studios, both digital and manual. A large garage door from the lobby allows the studios to be opened or closed off as needed.
The commercial space including a café, gift shop and restaurant, are adjacent and accessible from a door on Main Street or the building lobby. Nearby is a generous stair and elevator, sized to take art as well as people. A mezzanine holds office space, bathrooms and a community gallery while loading and gallery support spaces are located in the basement level.
The new ground floor façade is clad in a hand glazed brick that varies between green and copper. The color will be connective to the warm tones found in the town. The existing facades are sandblasted to bring them back to their original color. The windows on Heber will be replaced with new glazing and passersby will be able to see into the studios – bringing the energy of art making to the street.
The main galleries and the sky rooms, as well as a catering kitchen are at the top level. The walls of the sky rooms are covered in a stretched white scrim so that the galleries are lit by a gentle filtered light. From the exterior, the same light shines through irregularly punched opening in the copper panels.
At the corner of the building are two huge moveable copper panels. Sometimes they are closed, providing protection on severe weather.At other times they slide back to reveal the scrim surface. During the day – breezes can flow through. At night the scrim glows. And during the film festival, movies can be projected on the surface making the box into a container and a transmitter of light and shadow.
Category: Art Center