Kansas Children’s Discovery Center

Kansas Children’s Discovery Center

Architect
Gould Evans
Location
Topeka, KS, USA | View Map
Project Year
2011
Category
Cultural Centres
Aaron Dougherty Photography

Kansas Children’s Discovery Center

Panelite as Manufacturers

The vestibule is clad in Panelite ClearShade glazing, creating a bold color at the entry as well as visual interactivity and playful optical illusions for guests as they enter. The unique honeycomb pattern and light effects supported the design intention of creating a vibrant and colorful atmosphere. - Carrie Mabee, Gould Evans


SOLUTION

Panelite ClearShade combines solar heat control, optimized day-lighting, directional transparency, and design options in a single product. At the Kansas Children’s Discovery Center, ClearShade glazing provides ample diffuse daylight without solar heat gain. The building’s program of discovery and play is emphasized by the bold orange and the dynamic visual “peek-a-boo” nature of the directionally transparent honeycomb.


From the inside, the directional transparency of the ClearShade is apparent. The vertical units, viewed on a steep angle, appear nearly opaque while the blue sky above becomes visible through the lowest part of the skylight.


From the outside, the ClearShade inserts amplify light.


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