Norway will build a conceptual planetarium-spacecraft
The Norwegian company Snøhetta is known for its advanced projects, such as the world’s first underground tunnel for ships or Europe’s first underwater restaurant . The new beginning of this startup is the modernization of the Solobservatoriet Observatory, which is located to the north of Oslo. On the site of the outdated scientific complex, an innovative center for “familiarizing with astronomy” with a wide range of visitors will be built.
The idea is based on two components, the first of which is integration with the environment. There will be no towers with telescopes, and the planetarium dome will hide in an artificial hill with a complex architecture. Most of its outer surface, which is 1500 sq. M., Is planned to be covered with soil and to plant on it heather, bilberries and mosses, so that in a couple of years it becomes in every respect a single whole with nature around.
The second important part of the project is that visitors should be in the atmosphere of another world space, virtually leaving the Earth to touch the cosmos. To this end, guest rooms for 118 people are divided into “large planets” and “small satellites”, whose relative position corresponds to the principles of astronomy. The design of each cluster of “celestial bodies” is designed in an individual style, and the central hall is designed as a spaceship, where guests go to “flights”.
The planetarium itself is relatively small, it is smaller than an open terrace for living observation of the starry sky, the sky that is broken around it. But it is interactive – here visitors will be shown not only the movement of the stars, but also imitation of real phenomena like the northern lights, the flights of comets and flares on the Sun. Construction of the complex will begin in 2019, and the launch is scheduled for 2021-y year.