Westmont College

The 1,500 square foot observatory houses the largest refracting telescope between Los Angeles and San Francisco.  The building is designed to accommodate nighttime community stargazing gatherings as well as astronomy classes and workstations.  Celestial references, as well as physics and astronomical imagery, informed the curving shapes in the design of the building and surrounding landscape.

Collaborating Architect: David VanHoy, Architect Inc.  

Architect of Record: Pfeiffer Partners

  • Location

    Montecito, CA

  • Services

    Architecture, Landscape

  • LEED Gold

Blackbird Team | Ken Radtkey, Adam Sharkey, Kyle Bruce, Matthew Eastwood
Landscape Architect | VAI Van Atta Associates Inc.
Mechanical Engineer | IBE Consulting Engineers
Civil Engineer | MAC Design Associates