Watch the Night Sky Through Giant Binoculars at Montreal’s Stellar New Planetarium

by , 05/19/14

Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium, Montreal Planetarium, Cardin Ramirez Julien, AEdifica planetarium, planetarium architecture, planetarium Canada, sustainable building, reused building materials, recycled building materials, space facility, space observation, Montreal architecture, Canadian architects

The three-storey complex is situated near the 1976 Olympic Games site and the Biodrome, and features telescopic structures, two theaters and state-of-the-art facilities for space research. The building creates links between different levels of the site and emphasizes its function with two binocular-like, aluminium-clad spaces staring up at the sky.

The architects reused as much as 75 percent of the material from existing structures on site and recycled almost all that was demolished during construction. Furthermore, the project boasts sustainable technologies such as natural ventilation, rainwater reuse and systems that control lighting. These measures are complemented with a green roof populated with self-sustaining native plants. The project aims for LEED Platinum certification.

+ Cardin Ramirez Julien

+ AEdifica

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