Entry No. EC2820

In 21th century we have a significant new paradigm: Gravitational Wave. This means a new way of observing and thinking our(s) universe(s). In a way never seen before where we will have to get used to a way more abstract and perceptive of understand the events of the hidden side of the universe. A wave that is produced by an event on a very large scale and reach to us a tiny distorting (this is why we couldn’t before detect it).

If we are thinking on this new paradigm, we have to think not only in an astrophysics way, but in all the new aspects that arise from this new way of understanding the universe(s), from arts to philosophy. All kind of thoughts, reflections and questions begin to arise when a new paradigm is installed.
How can architecture dialogue with gravitational wave and create a space that gives to the people the opportunity to understand it? How architecture can be a support of new and upcoming knowledge, respecting the history of astronomy?

People – History – Science

This Planetarium have to be located in significant place, where the atmosphere of astronomy, history, stars, void and vastness is infused with the territory and with a potential of be great astronomy centre.
Chile nowadays is considered the eyes of the world and have a specific place where history (local mythology), people and scientists are together. San Pedro de Atacama: A place that is inhabited for a long time with a deep attachment to its towering volcanoes, salt lakes and big sky. Here we can find 4 landmarks: Volcano Licancabur, Atacama Salt Lake, ALMA Atacama Large Millimetre Array and Town Centre San Pedro de Atacama.

Planetarium is located where landmarks converge: on the top of Cerro Negro. Here, the project connect with all this landmark in a gesture of integrating where the sphere dominate the landscape as an element that realizes the impossible.

This sphere connect with Volcano Licancabur (local history), ALMA (research and innovation) and San Pedro de Atacama (people). Each one is related with their infused function through his time. The volume with sight to Licancabur it’s a space for an Astronomy Museum; dedicated to whole history about how we observe the universe and their mysteries. The research volume is connected to ALMA, being the building more privacy, with his own public space between the two vaults. The entry to the building is the first space, with a directly sight to San Pedro de Atacama and their Salt Flats.

These are expressed by Salts Vaults due that represented the brutal condition of the local territory and all the elements that composed the history of astronomy. In a transition way, the climax is the Sphere and all the structure. That expressed the invisible condition of gravitational waves and their effort to approach the experience of learns and “observes” in a perceptive and abstract way. Being the element most representative of the proposal

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