TROTTIER OBSERVATORY + SCIENCE COURTYARD

643A Science Road, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby Campus

PWL Partnership Landscape Architects Inc.

2013-2015

The new Trottier observatory houses a telescope for public use, while the viewing plaza provides a space for visitors to set up their own. An extensive built-in bench features glowing coloured bands of light that reference elemental emission spectra, while metal bands interrupt the paving to provide a graphic representation of the powers of ten. Meanwhile, plantings are arranged to represent the orbit of planets about the sun. This courtyard also features a modern interpretation of an ancient observatory.

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