Saudi Arabia has plans to develop a new planetarium with Middle East-based hospitality design firm J/Brice Design International designing the interiors.
A statement said that the planetarium will be built at the group’s Al Shallah Theme Park on the Jeddah Corniche.
Unlike the US, where planetariums are typically located within science museums and universities or as stand-alone education instiutions, the Fakieh Group is popularizing learning about the cosmos by bringing the planetarium to where people gather for fun,” said Jeffery Ornstein, CEO and founder of J/Brice Design.
“We will create the planetarium interior in an international style associated with Jeddah’s role as a modern gateway city. It will be contemporary and sleek, but without the expected futuristic visual cliches. The surroundings will be in concert with today’s planetarium visitor who has a sophisticated interest in the universe – piqued by Hubble Space Telescope images, International Space Station research, the emergence of space tourism, and the achievement of Saudi Astronauts,” he said.
The firm had also been previously commissioned to design the Miami-inspired art-deco Ocean Drive Restaurant as well as the Japanese Zen Bistro as its Sea Wonders Aquarium, also located on the Jeddah Corniche.