Entry No. EC2818-I

Living in urban surroundings and light-filled major cities has made us forget what the stars really looks like. We have lost the pure image of the millions of lights glittering in the night-sky and started to pilger into artificial environments simulating what was lost since we turned to the wonders of electrical light.

Starting this competition we wanted to connect the artificial and the natural, find a link between the segment of the stars that we can actually see and the ones that modern since has discovered millions of light-years away.

Taking away the light-pollution caused by urban environment we choose a sight away from modern civilization, already known as an insider tip for star tourism -the Atacama desert. This sequestrated landscape is also a paradise for astronomers since it not only holds the words largest telescope “alma” – short for the Atacama Large Millimeter Array – ALMA Radio Telescope – but is also
The site chosen for the next extremely large telescope build by the European southern observatory in 2023.

Our program focuses on connecting the enthusiasm of tourism and the newest discoveries of space by creating a structure that allows to showcase and even live directly on site. By renting units not only to tourists but also to employees and researchers, the showcase material will adapt with modern discoveries and our understanding of space. The design becomes an exchanging platform between experts and outsiders.

Starting the design process we asked ourselves the question: why is the planetarium outdated?
Conceptually, we found the answer in a simple flaw: we ground ourselves and look up to the stars but ultimately disconnect from being surrounded by the universe.
Design-wise, we find that changing this weak point can be accomplished simply:
By double up the dome and creating a sphere.
To strengthen this experience furthermore, the design vertically emerges into the sky and forces the visitor to not only metaphorically but also physically disconnect and travel up closer to the stars.

By taking the advantages of the conventional typology and maximizing the already existing rather than rethinking it entirely, we extract the visitor from said geocentric perspective
To strengthen this experience furthermore, the design vertically emerges into the sky and forces the visitor to not only metaphorically but also physically disconnect and travel up closer to the stars.

By taking the advantages of the conventional typology and maximizing the already existing rather than rethinking it entirely, we extract the visitor from said geocentric perspective.
Being connected to the newest technologies, among which are argumented reality, holograms and many more, our design tries to amplify the possibilities of these interfaces by providing the optimal space to showcase and to experience more then just seeing a projection : we want the user to really engage.

The planetarium becomes an experience museum rather than a temple of knowledge.
Linking the natural night sky with the artificial one, the design allows the attended to glimpse the spectacular Atacama desert night on his way up and between the experience rooms. Blending the sky and the ground, the vortexes of our landscape design spiral around actual star constellations, emphasizing the idea that the firmament is not only above but all around you.
The perspective switches from spectator to
Participant, immersing the visitor into the universe, remaking the attenders into space explorers by design

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