Ole Rømer Observatory, restoration
Science Museums at Aarhus University
Søren Jensen Rådgivende Ingeniører
C.F. Møller Architects
The Ole Rømer Observatory is an astronomical education centre for schools and the public and is part of the Science Museums at Aarhus University. The restoration enhances science education and outreach through modern facilities and incorporates the observatory's garden as a communication hub, serving as a focal point for the Kongelunden recreational area development project in Aarhus.
The Ole Rømer Observatory is a listed building.
Modern information centre in a historic setting
The restoration includes facade renovation, environmental sanitation and restoration of the original colour and material choices. In particular, the refurbishment of the two domes and the installation of a new 700 mm telescope adds an experiential value for visitors and has been made accessible for people with walking difficulties.
The original entrance area and vestibule with terrazzo floor and pillars with veining and gold leaf have been preserved in their original design. The skylight, which sheds light on the relief by Ole Rømer, has been renewed in its original form. The main external staircase has been extended and supplemented with a stair lift to ensure access to the observatory for people with reduced mobility. Visitor facilities have been upgraded with new toilets and a kitchenette.
With the restoration, the Ole Rømer Observatory is a beautiful, functional and accessible information and education centre for astronomy that respects the building's history and originality.