Antinous was Adriano’s lover to whom the emperor dedicated a constellation between the Aquila and the Aquarius. The new planetarium in Rome revives its name in the park of Villa Adriana and the Adriano’s love for the stars. In a place where archeology and astronomy have been coming together for millions of years.
Located on the axis of the summer solstice, the main block pivots with the villa between the Academia’s building and the famous Canopus. It accommodates the large planetarium dome, the augmented realty room, teaching classrooms and the offices. It’s a solid carved by a furrow, in line with the solstice, that, by folding the matter, forms a covered square. On this warped surface there is a portion of the celestial globe, that give a surreal feature to the great block. At the bottom of the square starts an axis carved in to the earth, designed to converse with sun and stars, and linked to the temple of Roccabruna – Adriano’s astral observation site.
This connecting axis is an ‘open museum’ where visitors can directly experience space, time and astral movements. Several rooms from the moon phases room, to the eclipse room, projection room and sun path room, make a little unique museum in the world. A free path through the light and the matter, like an extension of Villa Adriana’s ruins that ends in a stairway facing the stars, above Roccabruna’s temple, immersed in the valley of Adriano.