But the Gates Christmas season was looking quite bleak...
When the judges mis-judged, for what did they seek?
Well, look for yourself, and you can decide.
Our Christmas-ful lobby just fills us with pride.
Each year, just after Thanksgiving, the Gates Building comes alive with holiday decorations. Partly in the great spirit of Christmas, and partly in the greater spirit of cold, fierce competition. In 2004, the Third Floor had the formidable task of defending its spectacular 2003 title, and aimed to be the first repeat winner in the history of the contest.
The theme they chose - around which they would build their magnificent display of art and technology - was Candyland. What could be more perfect and pure than our favorite childhood game? Just look at the picture... it's all about little kids playing nice and holding hands...
Follow the links below for the full online tour... you'll find everything from dangerous circuits to interactive games to edible ornaments to musical masterpieces.