Sleep Beneath the Northern Lights in Your Own Planet at This Norwegian Planetarium
Sleeping under the stars could soon feel a lot more celestial. The Solobservatoriet campus, an astronomical research observatory center about 45 miles north of Oslo, is planning an expansion that will bring galactic design down to the ground.
At the new astronomical center, a glowing planet-like dome will rise up from the landscape, engraved with constellations.
Around the central planet will be seven cabins, which visitors will be able to book for overnight stays. The layout of the cabins is meant to evoke the feeling of “a planet system” on the ground, Ingebjørg Skaare, a senior architect working on the project, told Quartzy. Upon completion, it will be the largest astronomical center north of the Alps.
Once inside the planetarium, visitors will be in a world inspired by “astronomical architecture,” drawing references from the planetary orbits to Mars’ moons to the world’s first planetarium, conceived by Archimedes around 250 B.C.
The entire project is designed to blend into the surrounding forest. The top of the dome will be covered in indigenous flora like grass, wild heather, blueberry and lingonberry bushes.
Developers of the site, which was once used by the U.S. during the cold war to spy on soviets, hope to attract international tourists with the new facilities.
Those who stay overnight in a cabin can choose from a cozy two-person accommodation to a camp-style building that sleeps up to 32 people. Because of its location, visitors to the center will be able to see and learn about not only stars but also the Northern Lights.
The observatory is due to be completed in 2020.