Austin Planetarium

Austin, with its distinctive culture and hip vibe, has been the largest city in the U.S. without a planetarium. Significant fund-raising is essential to getting a civic project off the ground and DAVIS was proud to be selected by Austin Planetarium to conceive designs that would lift the spirit of the community and inspire Austin’s leadership to bring this amazing idea to reality.

Each of the four concepts presented have been individually designed to be a landmark work of architecture - an internationally recognizable, inspiring and sustainable building to express the facility’s threefold focus on astronomy, science, and technology.

The building goes beyond the display of Earth and Space sciences to include a cutting-edge technology center function, a traveling exhibit area and special facilities dedicated to the further education of scholars from nearby schools and businesses.

Austin Planetarium will be an internationally unique facility and a shining example of what a 21st-century planetarium should be.




  • Location: Austin, TX
  • Client: Austin Planetarium
  • Team:Richard Drinkwater | Aaron Taylor | Mike Davis | Scot Bennett | Jessica Lockhart
  • Date: In Design
  • Services Provided:Architecture | Interior Design
  • Size: 120,000 sf