“The Observatory team has been totally committed to developing the site in a way that is sensitive to its heritage, yet transformational in its future impact. To have been part of this team is an exceptional opportunity for Hassell,”
The Pavilion has been designed to celebrate both the site’s heritage and the very beginnings of radio astronomy, taking the form of a grass-covered dome, integrated into the surrounding landscape. Its circular shape responds to the arboretum and references both the shape and exact size of the 76.2m diameter dish of the Lovell Telescope.
At the heart of the building will be the exhibition and the auditorium, encased within a cylindrical ‘drum’ in the centre of the mound. Hassell worked closely with the University’s astronomers and exhibition designers, Casson Mann, on the design of the highly immersive circular exhibition space and auditorium.