The Flint Hills Discovery Center welcomes visitors with its circular, glass-walled lobby, boasting a 65-foot ceiling and interior balcony which overlooks the 2nd and 3rd floors.
The 3rd Street and Colorado Street facades feature elaborately stacked limestone walls, pieced together by irregular and trapezoidal-shaped windows. Views through the curtain wall and the windows afford sweeping vistas of the downtown skyline and southern landscapes.
A Stunning Visual
The first and second floor exhibition areas are situated beneath green roofs terraced with undulating limestone retaining walls and elaborate native plantings. The third floor office wing provides a backdrop along the south and west side of the building, which creates a partially enclosed terrace suitable for casual enjoyment, as well as organized programs and functions.
The stairs, ramps and pathways which snake through the
terraced green roof create a stunning visual for visitors crossing into
Manhattan over the Kansas River bridge.
Notable Design Features
Curvilinear stepped green roof forms a terrace with ramps to outdoor garden and activity areas
Circular lobby connects permanent exhibits and store entry on the main level, with direct connections to temporary exhibits, classroom and community rooms on the upper floors
First and second floor exhibition areas are situated around the central-domed exhibit space
Central-domed space and terrace are suitable for special events