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Renderings by Olson Kundig

Telluride Arts Transfer Warehouse

Telluride Arts Transfer Warehouse

  • Design Principal

    Tom Kundig

The Telluride Arts Transfer Warehouse continues the revitalization of a beloved and historic public arts venue. Originally built in 1906, following a roof collapse in 1979, the warehouse stood empty for nearly 40 years before being adopted as a center for arts and culture. Now the stabilized, restored stone walls frame an internal gathering space, a popular local venue for community events, as well as a local historic landmark.


Olson Kundig’s design concept centers a quiet architectural solution that respects the existing warehouse walls and celebrates the character of the surrounding community. The modest expansion adds new interior structure, preserving the open-air courtyard while introducing new flexible event spaces, including a roof deck with views to Telluride and the surrounding landscape. Movable, kinetic elements will allow the venue to adapt to host a wide range of events and exhibits, expanding access to arts programming in Telluride. These insertions further improve facility operations while reducing the impact of outdoor events on the adjacent residential neighborhood.

Our design approach embraces the historic character, spirit of openness and community focus of the existing building. We want to respect and celebrate the elements of the warehouse that people love, interweaving past and present to position the venue for a long and active future. Tom Kundig, FAIA, RIBA