The Norwegian company Snuffa is known for its advanced projects, such as the world’s first underground tunnel for ships or the first underwater restaurant in Europe. The new undertaking of this startup is the modernization of the Solobservatoriet Observatory, which is located north of Oslo. An innovation center will be built on the site of an obsolete scientific complex for “familiarization with astronomy” of a wide range of visitors.
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 dome of the planetarium will hide in an artificial hill with complex architecture. Most of its outer surface, and this is 1500 kV.m., It is planned to cover with soil and plant heather, blueberries and mosses on it, so that in a couple of years he in all respects become one with nature around.
The second important part of the project – visitors should be in the atmosphere of the space of another world, virtually leave the earth to touch the cosmos. For this, guest numbers of 118 people are divided into “large planets” and “small satellites”, whose mutual location 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, from where the guests go to “flights”.
The planetarium itself is relatively small, it is smaller than the open terrace for live observation of the starry sky, the sky broken around it. But it is interactive – here visitors will show not only the movement of stars, but also an imitation of real phenomena like the northern lights, comments and outbreaks in the sun. The construction of the complex will begin in 2019, and the launch is scheduled for the 2021st year.
Source — Snohetta