Situated on 5.25-acres in the Bonanza Park neighborhood, the site includes a food hall, studio and media arts buildings; a transit café, co-op artist studios, and 50 units of affordable housing. Oh, and did we mention Sundance Film Institute and Kimball Arts Center?
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Kimball Art Center is one of two valued partners and anchor tenants for the new District. Kimball Art Center’s governing board has selected renowned architectural firm, Bjarks Ingels Group to design its new building. Plans include multiple exhibit spaces; flexible studios for clay, painting and mixed media as well as digital photography/arts and 3D printing. The building is also envisioned to include maker spaces for glass, jewelry, metal work and woodworking; dedicated space for interactive activities and lessons; artist in residence programs; and a café and gift shop.
Sundance Institute is one of two valued partners and anchor tenants for the new District. The proposed building will include a 200-seat indoor cinema; a 100-seat “white box” flexible space; a central communal hub for gatherings, arts festival functions, and exhibits; a gift shop; an eatery with outdoor seating; and creative studios for visiting and resident artists.▲
An indoor/outdoor Food Hall will include multiple spaces for start-up culinary entrepreneurs to grow their enterprises from food trucks or at-home operations to a semi-permanent facility where they can perfect their crafts as restauranteurs and food artisans. The Food Hall will also include a 2nd floor flexible event space designed for both public and private events including banquets, dinners, receptions, and presentations for up to 400 people. It will also include portable kitchen equipment for culinary classes and demonstrations. The space will overlook the central plaza from its cantilevered balcony and floor-to-ceiling windows.
The Studio Arts building will provide flexible studio and maker spaces outfitted for a variety of artistic and creative uses. Spaces will be designed to serve local artists and hobbyists looking to advance their crafts with access to professional-grade equipment and training. The spaces will be filled with natural light as they open onto the plaza — creating interactive opportunities between local artists and arts district visitors.
The Media Arts building will include recording studios — for both music and podcasts — for various types of modern media arts production. The Media Arts building will also feature a youth creative space providing an opportunity for young people to engage and interact around music, media, and videography. A multi-disciplinary design studio is envisioned to accommodate higher-education students in the areas of creative industrial design, planning and architecture.
The Transit Café will serve as a welcome center where visitors can find both transit and district information. The first floor of the building will house a community-oriented cafe and community artist exhibit space. The second floor will feature a flexible, cabaret-size performance space for music, dance, and spoken word presentations. Designed as a multi-use space, the venue will include flexible seating to accommodate up to 200 people.
The co-op studios building features rental work spaces for local artists and creatives to establish their practices and work collaboratively with other artists. There will be a combination of both individual spaces and joint spaces – as well as a common display gallery where artists can show their work.
Above the Co-op Studios will be 50 units of affordable housing with a mix of rentable micro-units, studio, and one-bedroom apartments. This not only addresses the city’s affordable housing initiative, but is essential to creating a true live-work-play environment in the District.
Adjacent to the Central Plaza, a sloped event lawn will provide an onsite grassy respite for residents and visitors alike. In addition, it will serve as seating for cinematic presentations projected onto the wall of the future Sundance Institute Building. This area is also planned to be used for the Institute’s annual events including the Sundance Film Festival.
The Central Plaza is the heart of the Arts and Culture District and is planned to be a year-round destination for residents. In addition to providing day-to-day pedestrian access to art studios, performances, events and the arts anchor buildings, this lively public gathering space will feature art displays, public events, pop-up performances and presentations. Planning for the plaza also includes a potential winter marketplace which would be hosted in temporary portable structures placed along the plaza.