For my final year at the University of Kansas School of Architecture, Design, and Planning, I was a part of Studio 804. The program involves students in all aspects of the building process, from initial design to finished construction. This makes for an exhaustive 10 month experience that allows students to understand and address in a physical way critical issues of sustainability, energy efficiency, and accessibility.
The project that I and 16 other grad students were a part of for 2011-2012 was Galileo’s Pavilion at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas. The building is composed of two classrooms and a student lounge that form a courtyard around a pre-exisitng sculpture, Galileo’s Garden. The project is 804’s fifth LEED Platinum project.
I was fortunate enough to be the one that took the photos that show the breadth of this work, which ran from the beginning of January 2012 through completion in time for a June 21 open house.
Setting sun reflects off the slate on the north wall of the center building
Frosted glass louvers of the western classroom with Dale Eldred’s “Galileo’s Garden” beyond
Southern facade of the central lounge space
North and west facades of the western classroom
View of the custom frosted glass louver system and reclaimed slate rain screen
View of the courtyard and Dale Elldred’s “Galileo’s Garden”
Frosted glass louvers
Night view of the south side of the project
Slate rain screen seems to be working after screening away the rain
Night view of one of the entry corridors lit up by the custom fiber optic fixture
Different angle of the louver system on the west classroom
Night view of the courtyard with the fiber light fixtures turned on in the interior
Overall view of the project from the southwest
Interior view of the lounge
Interior view of the east classroom
One of the skylights used to bring in more light for the planted wall
Solar panels, which will account for almost all of the building’s energy needs, and planted trays take up most of the space on the roof tops
A long exposure combined with moving the camera produced this image of one of the fiber optic light fixtures
The planted wall lit up in the east classroom
Light reflects off the glass from the windows and lovers beyond
The blue screen in this image is an interactive display that shows real time data on the building’s energy consumption and production