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First Light Pavilion Visitor's Centre
by Hassell

First Light Pavilion Visitor's Centre by Hassell
Photo by Hufton+Crow

Hassell, a global design practise has curated the First Light Pavilion in Cheshire, UK.

Takes cues from the site's iconic Lovell Telescope, the First Light Pavilion integrates with the observatory's arboretum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The studio's design aimed to provide an immersive "journey of discovery" through radio astronomy and astrophysics history.

Hidden beneath the concrete dome are an auditorium and exhibition area, encircled by a café, kitchen, classroom and offices.

The design respects the site's landscape while offering visitors an elevated perspective of the surrounding parkland.

This project has been longlisted in the cultural project category of Dezeen Awards 2023.

Studio: Hassell
Project: First Light Pavilion Visitor's Centre

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