Bjarke Ingels gets rejected in Utah…again

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BIG's second proposal. (Courtesy Bjarke Ingels Group)

BIG’s second, and rejected, proposal. (Courtesy Bjarke Ingels Group)

It’s strike two for Danish design in Utah. Bjarke Ingels’ second proposed expansion of the Kimball Art Center in Park City, Utah did not fare any better than his first. The Park City News is reporting that the local City Hall rejected the firm’s updated design because it failed to meet the “municipal government’s strict Old Town guidelines.” Or, to put it simply, it just didn’t fit in. That’s essentially what the Park City community said about BIG’s first design—a dramatic, twisting, log cabin-like structure.

BIG's second proposal. (Courtesy Bjarke Ingels Group)

BIG’s second proposal. (Courtesy Bjarke Ingels Group)

For the second go-round, BIG opted for a more refined approach with a concrete structure that lifts over the street and forms a 46-foot-high peak at the site’s corner. In a statement, the Kimball Art Center’s executive director expressed the board’s disappointment with City Hall’s decision, and said that they are weighing their next steps. The center  has a brief, ten-day window to appeal.

BIG's first design. (Courtesy Bjarke Ingels Group)

BIG’s first design. (Courtesy Bjarke Ingels Group)

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