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The New Year Pavilion and Sound Dragon were designed and built by University of Kansas Architecture students / Photo by Josh Rouse, Kansas Children's Discovery Center

New Year Pavilion

PrizeHonorable Mention in Architectural Design / Small Architecture
CompanyARCH 509
University/SchoolUniversity of Kansas
Lead ArchitectKeith Van de Riet (Studio Instructor)
Design TeamNadia Alani, Alexander Asbury, Kate Blase, Elizabeth Calvert, Jaxson Cartaya, Geoffrey Dugopolski II, Karolyn Duke, Edgar Flores, Jade Immer, Jonathan Johnson, Joseph Kelly, Milena Laera, Julia Larkin, Britney Martinez, Samuel Phillips, Ashlyn Reece, Marcus Ross, Benjamin Tentis
ClientKansas Children's Discovery Center

The New Year Pavilion and Sound Dragon are a shade structure and interactive sound sculpture at the Kansas Children's Discovery Center. The project integrates 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 dragon sculpture that carries sounds of water from the adjacent waterfall to the pavilion users. A zodiac calendar of animals carved in Kansas limestone at the center of the pavilion is used for interactive programming.