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Sprawling Solar Observatories

This Norwegian Facility is Getting a Greenery-Topped Planetarium

— May 10, 2018 — Tech
The Harestua Solar Observatory is a magnificent scientific facility, located in a remote forest north of the Norwegian capital Oslo, that is receiving a considerable facelift thanks to the intervention of high-tech architecture and design firm Snohetta.

This solar observatory is set to be equipped with a gigantic planetarium that will not merely offer educational opportunities but will also feature a wide range of eco-friendly features, including a green roof that will feature grasses, berries and an array of bushes, making it fit in with the surrounding landscape in both an aesthetic and natural sense. The planetarium will also feature a domed theater for astronomical film viewings.

While the Harestua Solar Observatory has been around for over half a century, its impending upgrades are set to make it appeal to a new generation of visitors, highlighting the importance of architectural upgrades in making educational facilities remain relevant.
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