Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose
Museum for children
San José, California, USA
CONSTRUCTION PERIOD / COMPLETION
1990, renovation 2015 - 2018
64,584 sq. ft. (6.000 sq. m)
City of San José
Architektur 1990: Ricardo Legorreta (gest. 2011)
Modulus (Acoustical Elements)
Renovation of the circulation area to Bill's Backyard and FoodShed, food court, custom acoustic installation
Custom WILLTEC foam butteryfly baffles and SONEX RONDO Baffles, custom dimensions and colors
Artwork made with pinta acoustic products stimulates imagination and controls sound at Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose
Part of a multi-year renovation and expansion of the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose, custom abstract butterfly shapes, made using pinta’s WILLTEC foam, provide acoustical control and create movement in the circulation area that takes visitors from inside to Bill’s Backyard. The museum also added a sculpture made from pinta acoustic’s SONEX Rondo Baffles that absorbs sound and conveys green and natural things in the FoodShed cafeteria at the museum. Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose offers interactive exhibits and programs encompassing science, humanities, performing arts, health and physical fitness.
Recently added to the Children’s Discovery Museum, Bill’s Backyard is an outdoor learning environment. A half-acre of welcoming and safe nature exploration, the outdoor interactive exhibits allows kids to climb, dig, plant and more. To get to Bill’s Backyard, museum goers pass through a tall circulation area. Using abstract WILLTEC acoustic foam butterfly shapes, David Fenster, principal at Modulus in Cal., added direction and movement leading from the beginning of the circulation path to Bill’s Backyard.
“The branding for Bill’s Backyard includes butterflies,” says Fenster. “We created abstract butterflies out of pinta’s WILLTEC acoustic foam that swarm together to guide visitors with the added benefit of sound absorption.”
The circulation area is approximately 1,800 square feet (167.23 square meters) with tall, 40-foot (12.19-meter) ceilings that triangulate in sections. The area has skylights, polished concrete floors, drywall, large glass doors and other hard, reflective surfaces, creating the need for sound absorption. Fenster used test pieces crafted in the computer and made from carboard to determine the best shapes and sizes to achieve the look. He worked with pinta acoustic’s team to develop an innovative approach to hang 1,700 lightweight shapes from the ceiling. They used a net to provide a grid to hang the baffles at different height to achieve the vision.
WILLTEC flat sheets are readily available in a variety of shapes, sizes and thicknesses with square- or bevel-edge options. WILLEC provides superior sound absorption and limitless design possibilities at an economical cost. Panels are available in various shapes up to 48 by 96 inches (1219 to 2438 mm) in standard and custom thicknesses from 1 to 4 inches (25 to 102 mm). WILLTEC is offered in natural white or light grey and water-based acoustic coating in standard and custom colors.
The Children’s Discovery Museum also renovated its cafeteria, the FoodShed. They wanted to transform it into an appealing place to eat and promote fresh and healthy foods. Featuring reclaimed and recycled material, the cafeteria is approximately 40 by 40 feet (12.19 by 12.19 meters) with a 30-foot (9.14 meters) high ceiling. Prior to the renovation, the cafeteria had a spray-on acoustic treatment on the walls that was collecting dirt and grime. An acoustic treatment to replace the spray-on acoustic foam and mitigate noise from thousands of kids that visit the museum every day was needed. Modulus created an overhead sculpture of colorful pinta acoustic SONEX Rondo Baffles. The SONEX Rondo Baffles were water-based acoustic coated in two green and three orange colors.
“The museum wanted something that would involve and educate the kids and be a part of the museum experience,” says Fenster. “The abstract and engaging sculpture was hung from the ceiling with mechanical fasteners down to where the sound can be absorbed.”
SONEX Rondo Baffles offer design versatility and exceptional acoustical properties. Class 1, CAN ULCS-102 fire rated, the baffles are easy to install vertically or horizontally. Available in natural white or light grey and water-based acoustic coating in standard or custom colors, SONEX Rondo Baffles are offered in sizes up to 24 inches (610 mm) in length and 6 inches (152 mm) or custom diameters.
© Children`s Discovery Museum of San José
© Children`s Discovery Museum of San José