Design for new NSW planetarium unveiled

April 6, 2011

Offshore Studio and UTS Architecture students reveal proposed design for $10 million planetarium in Orange, NSW.

The proposed design for a $10 million planetarium in Orange, NSW has been unveiled by its design team as part of an exhibition at UTS.

The building, designed by Sydney-based architecture practice Offshore Studio in partnership with UTS Architecture staff and students, is due for completion in 2015.

Called The Southern Skies Earth and Space Centre, the 2,000sqm building takes the form of a low-lying triangular structure that would be constructed near the Botanic Gardens in Orange. Featuring a dramatic cantilevered roof that extends 20 metres above the entry terrace, the building frames the night sky without disrupting the existing landscape that surrounds the site.

Three UTS Architecture students – Tony Ho, Sally Hsu and Regan Ching – have collaborated with Offshore Studio’s Directors, Anthony Burke and Ben Hewett, as part of their Masters of Architecture degree.

The project is also designed with sustainability credentials in mind, with environmental initiatives including water harvesting and a partial sod roof specified in the design.

The design proposal is currently on show at UTS DAB LAB Research Gallery.
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  • Tom Seddon April 11th, 2011 5:04 am

    “NSW’s first planetarium” in 2015? That’ll be news to the not-exactly-new Wollongong Science Centre and Planetarium at Wollongong Uni!

  • Glen Moore April 11th, 2011 5:16 am

    Not even the second planetarium in NSW. Authors should check their facts before they publish.

  • April 11th, 2011 5:35 am

    Tom & Glen,
    Many thanks for your comments, and for pointing out the error – we stand corrected.

  • Nick Lomb April 12th, 2011 12:42 am

    It is fantastic news that the plans for a new planetarium at Orange have reached this stage. Congratulations and best wishes to all concerned. Just one point though: light spillage from any building is bad as it pollutes the environment and disturbing to both people and animals. From a planetarium, as shown on the third image from the left above, it is utterly unacceptable and its student architects should rethink their design, before their degrees are awarded!

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