Museums : Thematic   /   Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Nathan and Fannye Shafran Planetarium

The Museum's new planetarium evokes precisely machined astronomical instruments, and takes the form of a chamfered cone, angled at its latitude and aligned with the North Star. The 60' high, titanium spattered stainless steel clad form enhances this prestigious cultural institution with a striking, sculptural quality and unique astronomical content. The challenge was to take a program that is traditionally circular in shape and without windows, and transform it into iconic architecture. Westlake Reed Leskosky also designed the original museum and an 80,000 square foot addition.