The US Air Force Academy in Colorado opts for a structural design that reflects the services the organization offers with a skylight shaped like a plane's wing that protrudes from the building. The airplane aperture is a design executed by the team at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.
The skylight is a creative use of glass material to recreate a life sized plane wing. The aperture is located at the Centre for Character and Leadership Development where students are trained to become full-time officers. The skylight sits above one of the auditoriums allowing natural sunlight to flood in the space, while simultaneously acting as a reminder of the theme of educational facility. The glass wing is three dimensional with a direction that points towards the North Star.