Thinking Outside the Box

An interactive tree house exhibit of elegantly lit Koda XT at the Mid-America Science Museum beckons visitors to explore.

Mid-America Science Museum/Hot Springs, Arkansas/Wittenberg, Delony & Davidson, Inc. Architects/Photography: Dero Sanford

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  • Natural Curiosity 

    Set in a pastoral area in Hot Springs, Arkansas, the Mid-America Science Museum offers visitors a unique hands-on exploratory experience. The museum is nestled in a wooded area surrounded by rolling hills, natural hot springs, and a beautiful lake. Leadership at the museum sought to create a new experiential exhibit that would bring visitors out into nature.

    Designers envisioned a luminous tree house structure of organic and modern materials, inspired by a glowing cube of 3form in Canal Park, Washington DC. 

“We wanted a contrasting material next to the natural landscape. Something that was translucent that we could backlight...as a visible, yet mysterious box.”

— Chad Young, Principal, Wittenberg, Delony & Davidson, Inc. Architects

  • Modern Tree House

    Using backlit Koda XT designers created a translucent cube supported by an organic structure of wood and steel. An interactive fog bridge that produces mists and illustrates the concept of evaporation greets visitors to the tree house exhibit. Within the exhibit, visitors can sit on a musical bench engineered to play a song if all seated are holding hands and touching the bench. The tree house has become an iconic image for the museum; an imaginative place that invites young and old to explore the landscape.

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Koda XT

With extraordinary impact strength and durability, this material is suited for performance-driven exterior applications and can be customized in a range of vibrant colors.

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