To design, I first needed to find context on the Moon. I was particularly interested in the surface of the Moon and the idea of hidden layers of the surface and craters creating a smooth indentation and producing regolith all over the Moons surface, and its properties such as magnetism, resistant to solar radiation, thin layer of glass around every grain
My site is located inside Galileo Galilei’s crater I have chosen this site because Galileo Galilei was the first person to use the telescope to look at the moon and discover the difference in its surface consisting of highlands rilles mountains and craters.
The shape of Telescopica was influenced by Galileo’s occupation and the use of mathematical abstraction. I experimented with creating new shapes out of a cylinder and circle (the main shape of a telescope and the moon) and came up with a variety of of triangles squares and frustums
The main use of my building is for working and research, exploring space further through images, samples, excavation and exploration. It is for theoretical astronomers and lunar researchers assisting them in developing theories and testing. Telescopica is to house up to eight astronomers for a maximum of fourteen Earth days when Telescopica is facing the Earth in order for the observatory to work and use the light to create electricity for machinery to work and to see what they are doing.
The working and living areas of Telescopica are close together to easily access them, storage is located at the bottom of the crater as it is more stable to hold machinery and for storing documents food oxygen and water. The bedroom is located underneath the surface of the crater to protect the astronomers from radiation and have an uninterrupted sleep from the bright sunlight.
The observatory is located on the top floor of the building, it is going to be made of high magnifying resolution glass and powered by computer to select where in space they want to research into then the image is projected through the interior of the observatory through real time feed and analysis rather than with one eye or a flat 2d image on Earth. There is an orchard which provides fresh fruit and oxygen. for the astronomers two test rooms for analysing the observatories images and lunar material the other is to explore and create new suitable materials from regolith to expand on Telescopica to eventually create a community to live on the Moon
To protect Telescopica and astronomers from the penetrating light, radiation, bombardment from asteroids and corrosion from rigolith. Telescopica is to be made out of gold reflective glass to reflect the penetrating suns rays and radiation with a magnet running through the centre of the building to repel the moon dust away from the building to stop it clinging and eroding the material in addition repel asteroids away to prevent head on collisions from destroying it and to stop Telescopica floating or leaning it will be supported by tensile cables.