Sun Valley Center for the Arts

Location Ketchum, Idaho
Design Principal Tom Kundig
Principal Stephen Yamada-Heidner

The Sun Valley Center for the Arts’ relocation to Ketchum, Idaho will provide an opportunity to expand its mission—to provoke and stimulate the imagination while opening hearts and minds through excellence in arts programming. The project is a highly transparent space designed to accommodate a multitude of uses. In addition to exhibit spaces, the 43,000 square foot facility will include an auditorium, classrooms, and art project areas as well as underground parking.

Inspired by the work of Andy Goldsworthy, the architect made the ability of artists and curators to morph the space an integral part of this project, blurring the line between architecture and art. Green strategies are crucial in the high desert landscape, and the building protects its users from the elements, while harvesting energy and resources from the sun, rain and snow. LEED certification will be sought for this project.



Design Principal

Tom Kundig

Project Architect

Kevin M. Kudo-King



Bailey, Susan. “Rebirths and Revisions in the Arts — SVCA and its new building.” Sun Valley Magazine, Summer 2008, 48-49. Print.

Dugan, Dana. “Center takes possession of Simplot lot.” Idaho Mountain Express and Guide, 8 Oct. 2008. Web.


“Architect chosen for SVCA.” Idaho Mountain Express, 6 July 2005, C6. Print.

Beitia, Sara. “A busy summer for the Sun Valley Center for the Arts.” Boise Weekly, 6 July 2005. Print.

Bossick, Karen. “Seattle Architect chosen to design Sun Valley arts center.” The Wood River Journal, 6 July 2005, A4. Print.

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