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olson kundig to convert historic warehouse into new arts venue in telluride


first images of telluride arts transfer warehouse revealed

Olson Kundig shared the first glimpses of a revitalization project that will transform an existing stone warehouse into telluride, Coloradoin a new place of art and culture. the building dates from 1906 but stood empty for almost 40 years following a roof collapse in 1979.

designed for the non-profit organization telluride arts, the olson kundig conversion will insert new architectural elements into the existing stone walls of the historic structure, creating an inclusive events space and increasing programming flexibility.

pictures by olson kundig

a respectful approach

the design, led by principal/owner of the company, Tom Kundig, presents a quiet architectural solution that respects the walls of the existing warehouse and celebrates the character of the surrounding community. the project adds a new interior structure, preserving the open-air courtyard while introducing closed and flexible event spaces, as well as a roof terrace with views of the telluride and the surrounding landscape.

“our approach embraces the historic character, openness and community orientation of the existing building”, explains kundig.‘we want to respect and celebrate the elements of the warehouse that people love, including the generous open space that has become a very special place for the telluride community.

olson kundig will convert a historic warehouse into a new arts venue in telluride, colorado
the warehouse was built in 1906

flexible and adaptable

kundig continues, ‘the main agenda of the the design should be as flexible as possible, allowing the telluric arts to choreograph just about any type of event on behalf of of the active and dynamic artistic culture that exists here.

mobile and kinetic elements will allow the venue to adapt to accommodate a wide range of events and exhibitions, expanding access to telluride’s arts programming. these insertions further improve the operation of the facilities while reducing the impact of outdoor events on the adjacent residential area.

“we want to create a completely flexible building that can be adaptable for all sorts of different artistic disciplines, from music, to film, to art installations, to art exhibitions,” says kate jones, executive director of telluride arts. ‘we
want it to be a place for creativity to flourish in this highly adaptable space.

“the transfer warehouse is part of the essential eternal core of telluric culture, both literally and figuratively”, adds penelope place gleason, chair of the telluride arts board.

‘Ah Haa School, Wilkinson Library and Transfer Warehouse together anchor our community with central facilities for the creative exchange of ideas and dialogue. as more of our little box canyon community is built on and many residents have to move away, it is important to us to know that this historic building will be a shared community asset forever.

project info:

Last name: Telluride Arts Transfer Warehouse

site: Telluride, Colorado, USA

architect: Olson Kundig