GOONHILLY OBSERVATORY

As my first project at university, the brief was fairly simplified to design an observatory at Goonhilly Downs on the Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall. I chose to focus on an astronomical observatory, taking inspiration from precedents such as the Jantar Mantar, New Delhi, and James Turrell's work. 

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The design revolved around a singular focal point to which the visitors would sit around on slanted chairs reclined to direct the point of vision to the roof light that, weather permitting, would blossom like a flower of glazing to offer uninterrupted views of the night sky. The site is fairly barren in terms of wind protection which is counteracted by the embracing form of the structure, with an upper level accessed by two symmetrical staircases that wrap around the observatory. In terms of materiality, I proposed rammed earth walls to convey a sense of connection and emergence from the earth to the sky for the user.