16 APRIL 2004
The Bowling Center exterior design needs to communicate the sense of active entertainment that
occurs within the building. By necessity, the Center is a large, one-story building with few windows.
Thus the challenge to the designer is to utilize the primary interior elements the main entrance,
the concourse and entrance gallery, the caf and optional patio, and the games area to create a
dynamic exterior massing with a lively, informal and inviting exterior appearance. Emphasize the
building entrance, making it highly visible from the street and the parking area. A canopy covering
the entrance can protect the patrons from the weather and give a unique identity to the building,
while directing the patrons to the entry. Maximize glazing in the exterior walls, particularly at the
entrance, to give views of the attractive interior activities to the entering users and passers-by. For
example, large windows are appropriate for the caf. When located in the entrance wall, they can
enliven the building faade and display the interior activity to the public outside.
The Center should be designed so that the distinctive character or theme of the interior spaces is
reflected in the exterior design. The materials of construction should reinforce this character and be
of good, durable quality, such as brick masonry, special finish metal panels and accent elements,
and glass block and laminated sheet glass glazing. The exterior materials must be consistent on all
faces of the building. Consider special building signage and lighting to help communicate the
entertainment role of the Center. The exterior design should be consistent with architectural
compatibility standards in the Installation Comprehensive Plan.
The visual character of the Bowling Center interior should strongly establish the sense of
entertainment and excitement enjoyed by the users. Energy and action should characterize the
public spaces. Dramatic lighting and vibrant colors can be used to reinforce these qualities. "Glow
bowling" products can create a special environment for bowlers and spectators during later
operating hours or on weekend evenings ("Glow bowling" is a specialty sound and lighting package
with ultraviolet illumination and "black light" sensitive surfaces). Create an open design for the
interior that gives visibility and easy access between the public spaces. Use natural light to help
define spaces and provide varied character. Avoid direct daylighting in bowling and games areas.
Enliven dining and circulation spaces with windows to the outdoors or skylights.
The spatial character of the concourse should emphasize its central role in the organization of the
facility. Generous circulation space, high ceilings, dramatic lighting and openness to surrounding
activities are all recommended to communicate this character. Destination activities along the
concourse should each be visibly distinctive, while reinforcing the overall character of the public
spaces. Ensure design consistency for the strongest expression of character and image. The pins
and the masking units above them, as well as the side walls along the lanes are key elements in the
visual environment of the Center as experienced by the patrons.
Signage and graphics should be designed as a consistent package throughout to give clear identity
to the individual spaces and to enhance the overall visual effect. Equipment should be "state of the
art," and the Center should display the attributes of a first class professional operation.
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