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UTS and Offshore Studio design a proposal for New South Wales’ new planetarium.


April 6th, 2011

The latest DAB LAB exhibition at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) features a design proposal for a planetarium by UTS architecture students and staff and architectural practice Offshore Studio.

Masters students Tony Ho, Sally Hsu and Regan Ching, in collaboration with Anthony Burke and Ben Hewett of Offshore Studio, devised the concept.


The Southern Skies Earth and Space Centre is a 2000 square metre contemporary planetarium and observatory to be built in Orange, NSW.

The triangular-shaped structure is designed to fit into the site without disrupting the surrounding landscape.

“One of the highlights of the design is the 20 metre cantilevered roof that frames the night sky over the entry terrace,” said Burke, who is also Head of UTS’ School of Architecture.


A partial sod roof and water harvesting capability will ensure the building is sustainable and highly energy-efficient.

The Southern Skies Earth and Space Centre is due to open in 2015.

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