brooks + scarpa: kimball art center
brooks + scarpa: kimball art center brooks + scarpa: kimball art center
jan 04, 2012

brooks + scarpa: kimball art center

‘kimball art center’ by brooks + scarpa, park city, utah all images courtesy brooks + scarpa

los angeles-based firm brooks + scarpa has unveiled their design for the ‘kimball art center’, an addition to an existing building located at the downtown intersection of main street and heber avenue in park city, utah. the 22,000 square foot extension takes the form of a cloud, bringing the sky’s dream-like blue glow into the city streets, engaging onlookers and increasing their sense of awareness. the facade produces the effect of an illuminated beacon, visually experienced from a distance and within the immediate surroundings.

the exterior glazing is surfaced with a faceted rainscreen comprised of a translucent honeycomb material, which also contributes to the building’s thermal performance. at the ground level, a glass enclosure opens directly to the street and plaza, connecting and transitioning the existing historic structure with the contemporary addition. the upper storeys appear to hover above the transparent base, heightening the cloud-like appearance and creating a collective cohesion to the complex.

main street and heber ave

entry plaza

lecture area and receiving


upper deck




context plan

site plan

floor plan / level 0

floor plan / level 1

floor plan / level 2

floor plan / level 3

floor plan / level 4

floor plan / level -1






wall section

structural diagram

enclosure diagram

facade details

skin diagram

deflection diagram

phasing diagram

  • all these manipulations just seem so…


    dbkii says:
  • I hope someone shows the client what polypropylene honey-comb panel really looks like.

    g says:
  • the rendering of the western film being shown is really interesting- it would be neat to see that kind of interaction with the structure itself.

    rick truss says:
  • PLEASE don’t do this. It is not going to look like a cloud. It is going to stand out in Park City in a way that is not going to be a pleasing focal point.

    Sparky says:
  • The outside profoundly attracts! You are totally drawn in to the structure! The inside is entertaining and mind enlightening! Wow!

    Audrey says:
  • The attention to detail in this design is astounding. I think it’s beautiful. To have a firm as concerned with green architecture as Brooks and Scarpa should be a great comfort to the locals. I would love to attend sundance here!

    A.myr says:
  • See the [url=]4 minute video[/url] of Lawence Scarpa’s firm presentation to the Park City community about the Kimball Art Center.

    Dan Safarik says:

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