Date of Submission
Bachelor of Architecture
This thesis aims to reconnect modern humans to the night sky and the universe around us. A connection that has been lost to a multitude of barriers and distractions. Physical barriers like air and light pollution, and distractions like technology and overwhelming world events. I aim to restore this connection by creating a new architectural typology for the observation of and education about the night sky, the cosmos, and astronomy. It will serve as a site of pilgrimage, where visitors of all ages can re-engage with the stars and reintroduce themselves to the perspective of our ancestors. The questions I explore are as follows: How can we reconnect modern humans to exploring the night sky? Why is it critical to explore the connection between spirituality and celestial bodies in a digital age? Can architecture provide a space of pause, reflection, and realignment? Human beings have always been fascinated by the relationship between celestial bodies, spirituality, and sacred spaces. Throughout history, architecture has played a significant role in studying the cosmos through its building typology. Architects have employed various concepts of astronomical phenomenon to create immersive experiential spaces. My design of an astronomy museum will contain architectural elements aligned to astronomical features and the cardinal directions to reorient visitors’ perspectives to the sky. I selected Brasstown Bald, Georgia for the site of this museum because of its cultural significance and its environmental opportunities. Brasstown Bald is the highest elevation point in Georgia, it has 360 degree, unobstructed views of the horizon, is relatively free from light pollution, and is an approximately two-hour drive from five major southeastern cities. In combination with the inclusion of the new astronomical programmatic components that respond to the site’s potential, I intend to use innovative architectural elements, forms, and materials, to inspire wonder and curiosity in the universe. My thesis will redefine the astronomy museum as a place of pause to reconnect with the night sky in its most visceral form.