University of the Free State
Boyden Observatory is an astronomical research observatory and science education center located in Maselspoort, 20 kilometers north-east of the city of Bloemfontein in Free State, South Africa. The observatory is managed by the Physics Department of the University of the Free State.
The Physics Department approached us to design a new part of the famous Boyden Observatory. Their needs:
to divide the public from academic
to link the complex together as a unit
to provide an outside auditorium
with a viewing screen
to provide an inside auditorium
parking for buses
We designed the complex conceptually with Bernard Tschumi's Parc de la Villette in mind (lines, points, and surfaces superimposed to form a new order). The design process is described below. Site supervision was done by Witthun Maree Architects and construction by Domani Contractors.