CONTEMPORARY, LASTING, AND BEAUTIFUL ARCHITECTURE
PLANETARIUM AND ASTRONOMY MUSEUM | VAULX-EN-VELIN, GRAND LYON, FRANCE
In 2005, Vaulx-en-Velin organized a competition calling for a new Astronomy Museum that was to be erected around the pre-existing Planetarium, located on a square with trees (place de la Nation). The competition asked for designs for a museum building, an auditorium, an office, and a new entrance. The final project distributes these components into multiple blocks of different sizes, surrounding the original Planetarium. As a whole, the project brings back a human scale to this urban area. The windowed facades of the various buildings look out over the square, whilst offering passersby a welcoming glimpse inside.
The Planetarium and Astronomy Museum currently has a permanent exhibition of research carried out on mass and time, produced in part by the nearby CERN.
Saskia Fokkema (competition, study, execution, scenography)
Ducks Sceno & Quadriplus (scenography)
Location: Place de la Nation, 69120 Vaulx-en-Velin, Grand Lyon, France
Competition: 2005 - 2006
Design and development: 2007 - 2010
Construction: 2011 - 2013
Surface: 2655 m²
Client: City of Vaulx-en-Velin, Grand Lyon, France