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Tromsø's Astronomical Center and Aurora Observatory by Rezvan Yarhaghi

Project name:
Tromsø's Astronomical Center and Aurora Observatory
Architecture firm:
Rezvan Yarhaghi
Tromsø, Northern Norway
Tools used:
Midjourney AI, Adobe Photoshop
Principal architect:
Rezvan Yarhaghi
Design team:
Rezvan Yarhaghi
Built area:
3000 m²
Site area:
Design year:
Completion year:
Concept - Design
Cultural Architecture › Astronomical Center & Observatory

Rezvan Yarhaghi: Here in Tromsø is a captivating destination that offers a unique experience of the Arctic.  is the city of, a vibrant hub known for its stunning natural scenery and Northern Lights displays.

At the heart of Tromsø lies an unmissable attraction—the Astronomical Center and Aurora Observatory. Positioned along Tromsø's picturesque waters, this architectural marvel is built on a concrete coastal platform, mirroring the essence of the surrounding environment, particularly the snowy hills. The design is a blend of parametric architectural principles, and it boasts a distinctive reflective shell structure that harmonizes with its natural surroundings.

As the Aurora Borealis illuminates the sky from behind the snowy hills, the ceiling of the project reflects these ethereal lights, guiding their essence into the underlying spaces. Once inside, visitors are immersed in a mesmerizing atmosphere characterized by the softness and fluidity inspired by the dancing Aurora lights. The interior spaces comprise amphitheaters, libraries, and more, carefully designed to enhance the overall experience.

"The interior space is inspired by the softness and movement of the lines of the Aurora lights, leaving viewers enchanted in a magical environment. Various spaces include amphitheaters, libraries, and other areas."

One of the highlights of the interior is the use of advanced projectors, showcasing the latest NASA films and captivating photos of galaxies. This multimedia experience further elevates the visitors' journey, leaving a lasting memory of this enchanting encounter with the celestial wonders.

By Alfredo Gonzalez

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