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Utah's Kimball Art Center sets makeover

Published February 13, 2012 1:17 pm

$10M project • N.Y.-Copenhagen group to design new facility, map renovation.
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The Kimball Art Center in Park City said that BIG-Bjarke Ingles Group of New York and Copenhagen has been named the winning firm in the center's architectural design competition for a planned renovation and expansion.

The $10 million project will entail an interior renovation of the existing art center and the construction of an adjacent building to house a new center.

The winning design by BIG-Bjarke proposed a new Kimball Art Center made of stacked timber elements reclaimed from train track piles from the Great Salt Lake. Its plan also included a spiral staircase, exhibition spaces, a restaurant and terrace.

For the existing Kimball Art Center building, BIG-Bjarke proposed that it be renovated into an educational hub with a rooftop sculpture garden.

BIG-Bjarke will partner with Architectural Nexus of Salt Lake City, which has a record of building in mountainous areas.

The project, which will happen in phases, is expected to begin in mid-2013 and be completed in mid-2015.