Nevada Blind Children's Learning Center

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Location: Las Vegas, NV

Awards: 2014 AIA LAS Vegas Honor Award
 
The Nevada Blind Children’t Learning Center is a speical building serving special children that see life differently.  The main design challenge ws to create a unique building that would become a teaching tool while embracing all senses. When vision ability is removed from percetion and the task is to design a learning cneter for blind center as young as 3 years of age; designing a building now becomes a challenge that must engage other senses.  Careful consideration of touch, sounds, color and light must blend into the architecture.
 
Early in the deisgn process when meeting with NBCF board, and educators; the design team discoverved that there are different levels of blindness, some children are able to percieve light and color; and sounds and echo is used by these speical children as way find.g  Therefore, these became disgn strategies for the bulding.
 
The careful consideration and balance of touch, sounds, color and lights are integrated into the building design successfully creating a learning center that engages all senses while becoming a teaching tool in a safe environment, and preparing visually impaired children to live their lives independently and without fears.