Purunã Observatory - Shipping Container Educational Astronomy Science Building

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About Bruno Zaitter

ProjectObservatório Purunã (Purunã Observatory)
ArchitectsBruno Zaitter architect
Area45 m²
Containers1 x 40 ft and 1 x 20 ft
LocationBalsa Nova, Brazil
ManufacturersBerneck, Blue Glass, Gerdal, Monte Claro Woods

Description by the project team. 

The Purunã Observatory, located in the Metropolitan Region of the city of Curitiba, is a space designed to view the universe in a didactic way. This is a dream of a photographer who loves space and its natural phenomena.

Built in just 38 days, this project has a large part of donated materials. Among these materials, two shipping containers (a 12 meter shipping container and another 6 meter long shipping container) were used as a structural solution for fast, clean and economical construction.

Inside the 6 meter long shipping container there is an exclusive space for a telescope. Right in front of you there is a concrete deck to slide the machinery, and then you can view the sky in full. In the 12 meter long container, there is a classroom and a dormitory for two people, both equipped with a sanitary installation.

The wooden deck and roof are used to enhance the experience of watching the stars and everything else that the sky has. The east, west and south façades are completely lined with planks of high claved pine wood. However, the north façade reveals the use of shipping containers as a shelter amid local agriculture.

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About Bruno Zaitter

Studies on the shape of cities, especially the impact on people's lives.
Support to reduce marginalized spaces and increase the quality and well-being of people in the urban environment.

We are a family owned and operated business.

The human scale is the main measure for architecture and the city.


The urbanity in the public way by the urban urban method
Seizures about the Morpho methodology
Great Urban Projects and their Understanding by the Brazilian Academy


POST-DOC Fòllia Urbana - rebuilding cities
THESIS Of the variables of analysis in the debate on Large Urban Projects
DISSERTATION Potentials for revitalizing past industrial spaces


Purunã Observatory - Shipping Container Educational / Astronomy Science Building