The Architecture

The novel design of the new building resembles that of a close double-star system with one star transferring mass to its companion. This set-up will ultimately lead to the heavier component exploding as a supernova, briefly becoming as bright as the light of all the stars in the Milky Way combined. We expect the centre — aptly named the ESO Supernova — to similarly shine like a supernova, generating an enthusiasm and passion for astronomy with young and old.

 

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ESO Supernova floor plan, resembling a close double-star system. Credit: Architekten Bernhardt + Partner (www.bp-da.de)

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Location of the facilities in relation to the ESO Headquarters in Garching bei München, Germany. Credit: Architekten Bernhardt + Partner (www.bp-da.de)

 

The ESO Supernova is designed by the architects Bernhardt + Partner. Their office was established in 1994 and is located in Darmstadt, Germany. The team’s ability to design eye-catching, memorable science buildings is evident in their past projects, such as the Haus der Astronomie, and the EMBL International Centre for Advanced Training (both in Heidelberg).

 


3D rendering showing the façade of the ESO Supernova Planetarium & Visitor Centre. Credit: Architekten Bernhardt + Partner (www.bp-da.de)

 


This sustainable building is aiming for a DGNB certification.

 

Bernhardt + Partner is proud to produce formal and functional building concepts that are also economically and ecologically friendly.

 

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Longitudinal cut of the ESO Supernova Planetarium & Visitor Centre building. Credit: Architekten Bernhardt + Partner (www.bp-da.de)

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ESO Supernova basement. Credit: Architekten Bernhardt + Partner (www.bp-da.de)

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ESO Supernova ground floor. Credit: Architekten Bernhardt + Partner (www.bp-da.de)

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The ESO Supernova first floor. Credit: Architekten Bernhardt + Partner (www.bp-da.de)

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ESO Supernova second floor. Credit: Architekten Bernhardt + Partner (www.bp-da.de)

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ESO Supernova third floor. Credit: Architekten Bernhardt + Partner (www.bp-da.de)