Kimball Art Centre - To be built from Railway Sleepers. Architects BIG have won a competition to renovate and extend an art centre in Utah with proposals that will be built from railway sleepers & timbers reclaimed from the Great Salt Lake. BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group proposed a new Kimball Art Center made of massive stacked timber elements reclaimed from train track railway sleepers from the Great Salt Lake—just one of many green solutions in the innovative plan—enclosing a spiral staircase, exhibition spaces, a restaurant, and topped by a terrace.
BIG Founder & Partner Bjarke Ingels, comments, “The raw charm of Park City and the Kimball Art Center is rooted in a culture of appropriating the structures of past industry to accommodate spaces for cultural life and leisure. With our design for the new Kimball Art Center, we seek to continue this tradition by using the construction technique of the old mines and the railroad railway sleepers that have marinated for decades in the Great Salt Lake to create a raw spacious framework for the art and artists of Park City—a traditional material and technique deployed to produce a highly contemporary expression.”?
Each year we are sent hundreds of projects using railway sleepers. We are sent dozens of projects creating structures with railway sleepers, even a house. But to build a massive art gallery with railway sleepers & railroad timbers! Amazing!