Attracting attention and sparking curiosity is exactly what Demonica Kemper Architects had envisioned when they set out to create an integrated art piece that expressed the dynamic nature of the interior program while enlivening the overall experience of the building. The firm partnered with Goldray to help turn vision into reality and balance functionality with aesthetics through a custom glass installation measuring 22 ft high by 27 ft wide. With the positioning of the planetarium directly behind the glass, the design team worked very closely with Goldray and specialty lighting experts, IMEG, to find a solution that would omit light from coming inside the building. The team was able to achieve the desired aesthetic and allow the boldness of the installation to standout, by utilizing a light wall that illuminates the glass from behind, creating an iconic visual.
Due to the unique nature of the project, the Goldray design team had to think outside of the box and it took some trial and error to ensure that we expressed the magic of astronomy in the best way possible. Knowing that any traditional printing processes would not be enough to allow the vibrant colors of the installation to shine through, our head designer developed a multiple layer solution that captured the architect's design intent. This process created an incredibly animated façade that seamlessly changes from day to night, allowing the stars within the galaxy to stand out.
The new Liebman Science Centre has instilled a sense of pride on the campus and within the Crystal Lake community. The MCC President Clint Gabbard has referred to it as the "jewel in the crown of the community" and officials are looking forward to bringing groups in for exclusive presentations and weekly astronomical viewings to inspire them to pursue future careers in science.