The Gemma Observatory is a private observatory in Danbury, NH and has earned a 2016 Design Award from the Boston Society of Architects and the 2017 AIA Small Projects Award. Located in an area with no light pollution it is perfect for night time observations.
This innovative design, forgoes the traditional dome and instead imitates the angular look of the surrounding granite. The steel core and ring allows the telescope slit to be easily turned by hand. The design has few square corners or plumb walls. The complexity of the design required our designers to put our 3D modelling to the test to cut all the angles accurately. The design time and precision required to make all the pieces fit with the steel and the concrete was significant, but the end product is striking.