New Year Pavilion

Red steel structure supports wooden frame
The New Year Pavilion and Sound Dragon are a shade structure and interactive sound sculpture at the Kansas Children's Discovery Center that integrate traditional Chinese architecture with contemporary detailing and digital technologies. The pavilion was designed and built by 18 architecture students over 4 months and incorporates a “Sound Dragon” sculpture that carries sounds of water from the adjacent waterfall to the pavilion and users. A zodiac calendar of animals carved in Kansas limestone at the center of the pavilion is used for interactive programming.

Architecture students worked with local Chinese community members to learn about the culture and history of pagoda-type pavilions. The design integrates traditional elements, such as dougong brackets and curved terra cotta roof, into the context of contemporary design and Topeka, Kansas. Students used digital modeling and fabrication to achieve the 6-sided curving form and mastered a range of fabrication and construction skills to complete the project. The project was dedicated on the Chinese New Year - February 1st, 2022.

Year: 2021
Location: Topeka, Kansas
Course: Arch 509 Designbuild Studio
Instructor: Keith Van de Riet

Students: Nadia Alani, Alex Asbury, Kate Blase, Elizabeth Calvert, Jaxson Cartaya, Geoffrey Dugopolski, Karolyn Duke, Edgar Flores, Jade Immer, Jonathan Johnson, Joseph Kelly, Milena Laera, Julia Larkin, Britney Martinez, Samuel Phillips, Ashlyn Reece, Marcus Ross, Benjamin Tentis

Partner/Client: Kansas Children’s Discovery Center

Structural Engineer: McClure Engineering

Sponsors: Alfred and Gloria Lei, KBS Constructors Inc, AZZ Galvanizing

Vendors: Ludowici Tile, Boyd Metals, Foley Rental, A1 Powder and Paint, Kansas Sand and Concrete

Media: “KU architecture students design, construct New Year Pavilion for Discovery Center,” Kansas Children’s Discovery Center