Snøhetta’s New Planetarium

If you’re a fan of astronomy, then there’s good news from Norway. Snøhetta, a design and architecture firm based out of Oslo, has designed and built a brand new, state-of-the-art planetarium and visitor’s center for Solobservatoriet, the country’s (and the entire Northern Alps’) largest solar observatory. The new planetarium measures in at a whopping 16,145 square feet and is sure to impress its visitors.

The planetarium, according to a report from DesignBoom, was initially conceived with the intention of being a “celestial theater.” The planetarium’s design is absolutely breathtaking. The theater includes a garden rooftop that is composed entirely of planted vegetation and is designed as a spherical golden globe with a variety of constellations etched onto its surface. Inside, it comfortably seats 100 people and, utilizing the newest technology, projects life-like images onto its three-story dome interior. Directly outside of the planetarium is a cafe and a large lobby which features a spiral staircase that leads to the garden roof.

Outside of the planetarium’s building rest seven cabins. Each of the cabins boast slight variations in their overall design scheme to give off the appearance of a planet. The cabins are meant to offer visitors a variety of activities all related to astronomy and natural science.

In addition to the planetarium, Snøhetta also built a visitor’s center. The center was built near the location’s original, 12-story solar observatory. The observatory not only features public events, but private ones as well. You can book the observatory for personal events, gatherings or educational sessions.

This brand new planetarium and visitor’s center are exciting new additions to the observatory’s decades-old history. Hopefully, with these two new state-of-the-art facilities, the observatory, which was already seeing consistent growth, will bring in new visitors from all over the world.
For more information on the planetarium, and to book an event, visit their website by clicking here.


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