Ole Rømer Observatory, restoration. C.F. Møller. Photo: Julian Weyer

Ole Rømer Observatory, restoration

The restoration of the listed Ole Rømer Observatory from 1911 restores the building to its original state, modernises the education and teaching facilities and improves accessibility for people with reduced mobility.
 Ole Rømer Observatory, restoration. C.F. Møller. Photo: Julian Weyer
Facts

Client

Science Museums at Aarhus University

Address

Aarhus, Denmark

Size

326 m²

Year

2021-2023

Engineering

Søren Jensen Rådgivende Ingeniører

Architect

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.

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