If you could design a children's museum, what would it look like? This is not a rhetorical question. No two architects think alike on this subject. If I tried to design a children's museum it might look like a giant box of crayons or something like that.
As I watched the structure going up on a new children's museum we are building, I scratched my head a little bit. Understand that from the perspective of a builder, a building with few walls or ceilings which are plumb or level goes against everything we know.
If one were in charge of design on a children's museum, how would one know if the design was a good one? Beauty is always in the eye of the beholder and I have seen a few children's museums in my life. Clearly this is one type of building for which few standards exist.
From an architect's perspective, this must be one of the most fun designs they will ever do. As a builder I can tell you we may never feel that way until construction is complete. Believe me, more than one craftsman has been seen scratching their head on this site.
Yet, when we recently installed glass in the Kansas Children's Discovery Center, the building's design started to make more sense to me. Check it out. If this doesn't look like a building you would want to explore, then you should check your pulse because clearly this will be a building for children of all ages to enjoy.
Find out more by visiting www.kansasdiscover.org. While you are there, you might think about making a donation.
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