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Planetarium: The Latest Architecture and News

Drone Footage Reveals Shanghai Planetarium Construction Progress

Taking to the skies, Ennead Architects have released drone footage of the construction progress on their Shanghai Planetarium project. First revealed back in 2016, the 38,000-square-meter planetarium will be one of the largest in the world. By early June, nearly 85 percent of civil construction has been completed, and a new milestone was reached as temporary braces were removed with the 2,000-ton cantilever structure. The drone footage showcases the museum design and the construction process that's bringing it to life.

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Astronomical Park of Zhenze High School / Specific Architects + Unit Architects

Daliy use of the Astronomical Park. Image © Hengzhong LYU
Daliy use of the Astronomical Park. Image © Hengzhong LYU

Interior of the Astronomy Pavilion. Image © Hengzhong LYUSpiral stairs. Image © Hengzhong LYUAerial view. Image © Hengzhong LYUNight view of  the Planetarium Pavilion. Image © Hengzhong LYU+ 29

  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  6330
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Alucobond, 上海耀皮玻璃集团股份有限公司, 苏州相城区宫辉古建砖瓦厂

Snøhetta Designs Planetarium and Interstellar Cabins in Norwegian Forest

Snøhetta have released images of their proposed planetarium and visitor’s center for Norway’s largest astronomical facility. Nestled in a dense forest 28 miles (45 kilometers) north of Oslo, the scheme features a new 16,000 square foot (1,500 square meter) planetarium, and “interstellar cabins” mimicking small planets.

The facilities seek to offer a range of scientific activities to be experienced by the public, including astronomy, sun studies, and natural science, permitting the exploration of the night sky, and the Northern Lights.

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Ennead Architects Breaks Ground on Shanghai Planetarium

Ennead Architects has broken ground on the Shanghai Planetarium, a new 38,000-square-meter project that will define a new identity for the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum (SSTM) in the Lingang district of Shanghai, China.

Inspired by astronomical principles, the design is centered on the concept of orbital motion. “Each of the building’s three principal forma—the oculus, the inverted dome, and the sphere—acts as an astronomical instrument, tracking sun, moon, and stars, and reminding visitors that our concept of time originates in distant astronomical objects."

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