Inspired by and named after NASA’s and MorrisonDance’s “Walking on Other Worlds” project, this new typology of planetariums aims to educate and thrill visitors by transporting them to different worlds.
In the tradition of the dérive, visitors pass through unknown and sometimes unknowable territories, examining their own understanding of space and questioning their knowledge of the universe and their place within it. Once someone’s curiosity is piqued they can linger in a place and learn more about it and related theories.
It has been well documented that astronauts often develop a new awareness and appreciation for Earth once they see the planet within the vastness of the universe. As space travel is not (yet) available to the majority of humanity, the planetarium recreates this so called overview effect to allow the average person to develop a feeling of closeness to earth and hopefully change destructive behavioural patterns by creating an emotional response and going beyond its original conception as a tool to educate the masses.
A number of people seem to eye sciences with suspicion still. By injecting feeling into science humanity’s curiosity about experiencing space can be rekindled in a world where information is just one click away.
The deconstruction of the dome allows for a certain transparency, inviting passersby to join and explore.
The different platforms orbit around the centre. Always changing their positions they let every visitor experience the space in a unique way.