International Museum of Astronomy

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IMOA 1529

IMOA - 1529
fi Finland
2 miembros
Miia Ollila
Laura Rajakorpi


This proposal takes its visitors to a cosmic adventure by means of observing and experimenting.

In the museum the visitor can choose the level of throwing oneself in to astronomy - the higher you go, literally, the more you get to be involved with real science. Starting from the bottom oor where there is entertainment for everybody and ending at top oor observatorium where enthusiast can work together with professional astronomers and researchers. During the museum tour, walking through spacecaves, visitors can experience everything from telescoping the Milky Way to spectacular 3D-planetarium shows and hologram rooms. You will always enhance your knowledge, but it's up to every visitor to choose whether they just want to have a dinner under the stars or do testing with light speed at the laboratory - or both! The most dedicated fans of celestial phenomena can even rent a "cosmic cabin" next to the museum and stargaze in privacy.

Architecture of the museum is inspired by the surroundings, its nature and landscape. Resting in its own peace on a gently sloping site, it overlooks the Atacama desert towards SPdA. A path from Route 27 leads visitors to the museum and onwards to accommodation.The building is pressed down to the ground. That way it can respect the landscape of the desert and keeps cooler. The dug-out stone material is reused in lavaconcrete. The roof imitates mild mountain ridges and disguises the museum in the desert. The white, translucent lamellas covering the building are armed with sun panels which provide energy. The lamellas are programmed to follow the movement of the sun by rotating - the roof can be closed fully or partially when its sunny and in the evening and night time lamellas are open, letting the view of starry sky inside. In the middle the lamellas can be moved aside to expose clear view. The
canyon bathes in soft daylight and when roof is entirely closed, the whole interior turns into a big projection screen. Inside the museum there is a canyon which gathers all the functions at the ground oor. The canyon’s wall hides the cavelike exibition halls, planetarium and other rooms for learning and experimenting. Protected from sunlight, spaces stay cool and enable many kinds of exibitions. The canyon area can also be used for exhibiting. The open space ventilates naturally as hot air rises up.

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