DKA designed the Planetarium and Space Museum at Raritan Valley Community College to evoke space travel.When it was time to celebrate the 400th year anniversary of Galileo
looking into space with a telescope, the TV show the “Cake Boss” brought a solar system cake through the dramatic space tunnel entrance to the Planetarium.Cake Boss, Buddy Valastro said “when I brought the cake to the planetarium, going down that hallway, it felt like I was bringing the cake into outer space, it was so cool!”.
The design elicits reactions from almost everyone who enters the lobby doors and the space travel “experience” begins long before showtime through the use of lighting, materials and creative design. It is not unusual for children to drop the hand of their parents and head straight for the tunnel entrance before buying a ticket! “In fact”, says principal architect, Dennis Kowal, “I’ve seen a few adults do this as well!” Architecture that conjures emotional response is a real treat.
Dennis Kowal Architects is known for integrating architecture and technology.