Observatory in the Mojave Desert

The project is an observatory in the Mojave Desert. This desert has one of the darkest skies in United States and covers 124,000 km2 through four states on the west coast.

The site is on top of Alvord Mountain in California, on the border to Nevada. You enter from the freeway and drive an hour north on a small dirt road.

The site is on top of Alvord Mountain in California, on the border to Nevada. You enter from the freeway and drive an hour north on a small dirt road. This project is 1000m.a.s.l. on the highest peak on Alvord Mountain. The placement of the site is based on the requirements of the telescope, and for visitors to view the site in all environmental situations.

The project is a square space with a courtyard in the middle. Six people can work and operate the observatory at the same time. The observatory have all the necessary amenities to live in the desert far from civilization.

When the observatory is not in operation, visitors can enter the courtyard and climb the exterior steps. From the roof visitors can observe the sky and the view in this extraordinary landscape.

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