Snøhetta designs elliptical planetarium knowledgeable by "motion of the celebs"

Structure studio Snøhetta has accomplished Orionis, a planetarium in Douai, France, that options two domes surrounded by sweeping wood partitions.

The planetarium, which is positioned in northern France, was constructed from supplies knowledgeable by the encompassing space.

The Orionis planetarium has a wall fabricated from poplar wooden

Its elliptical form is comprised of a wall constructed from poplar wooden and a glazed wall with metal brise-soleils. These draw on the structure of the close by Arkéos archaeology museum, with which Orionis shares its parking heaps and landscaped areas.

The form of the two,000-square-metre constructing was knowledgeable by its perform as an area the place guests can discover the evening sky.

Distant view of Orionis in Douai
It options two domes set inside an elliptical form

“​We needed to suggest a rare assembly place and a brand new vacation spot for the inhabitants of Douai,” stated Snøhetta co-founder Kjetil Trædal Thorsen.

“The architectural and concrete idea of our mission takes its inspiration from the elliptical motion of the celebs,” he added.

“Being steady, fluid and perpetual are notions that we’ve reinterpreted within the mission, not solely by way of the form but additionally within the expertise that guests can have of the planetarium, all senses employed.”

Planetarium with wooden walls
A landscaped space surrounds the planetarium

The planetarium, which opened to the general public in Could, homes a reception space, exhibition areas and an amphitheatre. It options two domes, that are lined in PVC and home the constructing’s screening and projection rooms.

These could be seen from afar and have been designed as a means of showcasing the planetarium’s perform via its form.

Garden at French planetarium
An oval backyard sits on the centre of the constructing

A barely inclined ramp hyperlinks the completely different components of the planetarium, which holds an elliptical courtyard at its centre.

This incorporates a planted backyard that may be seen from the remainder of the constructing via the encompassing glass partitions.

Snøhetta labored with engineering consultants CET Ingénierie, Affect Conseil et Ingénierie and Cicanord, acoustical marketing consultant Studio Dap on the mission.

The studio additionally collaborated with panorama firm Atelier Silva Landscaping to optimise the encompassing panorama to “promote biodiversity”.

Inside, the constructing was designed to create a way of “coherence and continuity”, with guests following a circuit that leads from the doorway to an immersive room.

A ramp then brings them all the way down to the bottom ground and exit.

Interior of Orionis
Guests stroll across the constructing in a circuit

The constructing additionally homes an observatory space and workplaces on the primary ground.

Snøhetta designed the mission with some sustainable options, with its heating coming from geothermal power and sensors put in on openings to offer “clever pure air flow”.

The planetarium’s decrease degree has a inexperienced roof planted with wild grass.

Interior of French planetarium
The central backyard could be seen via glazed partitions

The studio additionally used domestically sourced supplies and added sunshades to assist regulate the temperature of the constructing.

Orionis marks one of many first initiatives that was utterly conceived, managed and constructed by Snøhetta’s Paris studio.

“We’re extraordinarily excited to showcase the Snøhetta method for delivering high-quality cultural and academic buildings in France,” stated Oliver Web page, managing director of Snøhetta’s Paris studio.

Exterior of French planetarium
The constructing is positioned in northern France

Different current initiatives by Snøhetta embody a shingle-clad viewing tower in Austria and a cavernous climbing centre in Norway.

Within the US, employees on the firm’s workplaces not too long ago voted down a movement to unionise.

The pictures is by Jad Sylla.