Enhancing the beautiful grounds

Client Requirement

The Armagh Observatory and Planetarium is located close to the city centre of Armagh and covers approximately fourteen acres of land known as the Armagh Astropark. Within the Astropark, visitors can explore various structures, such as the Hill of Infinity and the Human Sun Dial. Visitors could also use their previous limited app alongside their AR markers during their visit.

On our initial visit, we had the pleasure of meeting the Planetarium’s project manager and scientists. It was a great experience to tour the premises, exchange ideas, and gain a deeper understanding of their vision. From our conversation, we discovered that they were keen on designing an interactive app to amplify the Astropark adventure. Furthermore, given the Planetarium’s frequent school visits, they planned to construct an outdoor area where children could learn about space.

Our Approach – Armagh Observatory

The lead designer gathered ideas and developed concepts for outdoor trails for both kids and adults in Astropark. We created mood boards, mock-ups, and visuals to showcase the possibilities of how it would look in the park. We also worked on determining the routes and how to utilise the entire site best.

The Planetarium team carefully reviewed and decided on a space-themed trail for children in the form of a storybook. The trail would feature large sculptures, an interactive workbook, and colourful markers to engage young visitors. An app with audio, augmented reality elements, and mobile games would also be available. The adult trail, would then provide educational content with augmented reality to enhance the experience.

At Brilliant Trails, the design team worked on the sculpture design simultaneously with the chainsaw carvers who were creating the large sculptures. The Planetarium team was also part of the process and provided updates and input on the sculpture’s progress. Together, we worked collaboratively to ensure a seamless outcome.

Client: Armagh Observatory and Planetarium
Date: 2022-2023
Location: Armagh – N.Ireland
Services: Trail consultancy, design, implementation + mobile app

The digital enhancements

Our goal in developing the app was to ensure that users of different languages could access it easily. We also added a chat bot to provide a more personalized experience. Armagh Planetarium was particularly impressed by the video guide, which was a unique and valuable addition to the app’s audio descriptions.

The Armagh Planetarium app has interactive AR features that make the kids’ and adult trails more exciting. By scanning physical markers with the app, visitors can access games, videos, and even spaceships for an engaging experience.

Armagh Observatory & Planetarium Outcome

The Brilliant Trails team completed the design and printed the necessary artwork for installation. It took the installation team four days to fit the 11 markers, sculptures, and outdoor classroom, which included seating and a blackboard. To enhance the Planetarium’s entrance, a local artist named Dean Kane from Visual Waste was brought in to spray paint an image of space.

The team at Armagh Observatory and Planetarium is ecstatic about the outcome of their project. They have enhanced their Astopark to offer a space for children to discover and gain knowledge about space while outdoors. The app provides inspiration for children and adults alike to engage in outdoor activities while learning about space.