The design proposal for the Planétarium de Montréal offers complex structures that extend the interior architecture into the landscape, introducing the idea of a new park, “Le Parc du Météore”. The proposed buildings and park create a place of remarkable phenomena both day and night. The building and the landscape hold the capacity for a curated demonstration of astronomical observations at many scales, with the possibility of surprise on a daily and seasonal basis.
The plan is composed into three levels. For Le Meteorite itself, an innovative surface treatment of aluminum plates is shaped to recall the pockmarks and craters of a real meteorite. The site glows mysteriously and by night is uplit from a reflective pool of water. The design is informed by issues of climate, energy, our planet and its role in our understanding of the expanding universe.