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  • Nested within the Rovaniemi hillside, a timber cloister emerges, a silent sentinel in the serene but wild landscape. Within the dense clustersof trees, an inverted dome observes the spectacle of the Aurora Borealis. The timeless geometry of the sphere recalls ancient astronomical observatories and stellar mapping devices, and magnifies the grandeur of the cosmos.

    Within the crater, the circular amphitheater, people rest and observe, every face pointed skyward. The Aurora Borealis is perfectly framed within a seamless circle of the heavens, shining overhead in all its sublime beauty.

    The crater becomes the epicenter of a terrestrial orrery, collecting and magnifying light as it becomes the sun and central hub of the stellar map. Below this cosmic bowl lies an intimate domed space, capturing a more subdued Aurora through a small oculus. This space branches to a series of tunnels: pathways to other cosmic monuments in the landscape, each representing a different planet orbiting the central crater.

    Aurora Borealis Arctic Observatory

    Independent Competition
    Summer 2012
    Collaborators: Katie MacDonald, Mauricio Vieto