Jeremy Morton
Architecture & Photography
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Urban Observatory

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urban observatory

arch 103 (studio 3a)

Located at the intersection of 37th Street, Lancaster Avenue, and Powelton Avenue, the observatory focuses on the sun’s position at noon on the solstices and the equinoxes. Each tower corresponds to its respective sun position. The user experiences the direct light of the noon sun underground creating a heightened sense of the power of the sun and its effect on the earth. The intention of the design is to connect the heavens with the earth by orienting the towers to the sky while aligning them to the street and a tree imbedded in the earth. 

Lancaster Avenue Research and Analysis

Site Shadow Studies

SketchUP and Photoshop


Preliminary Ideas

Study models


Study Sections

Hand Drafting

Final Model

Corrugated Cardboard and Butterboard

Final Observatory Design

site plan

Hand Drafting, Photoshop, and Illustrator


Hand Drafting and Photoshop

axonometric view

Hand Drafting and Photoshop

East Elevation

Hand Drafting and Photoshop