Astronomical: the ESO Supernova inspires appreciation and understanding of the universe


A supernova is the bright flash of a star when its mass transfers to another star and the fading star explodes. The intensity of its brightness increases a million-fold, and for a brief moment it shines as bright as a whole galaxy.

The new ESO Supernova Planetarium & Visitor Centre in Garching, Germany, is named after this phenomenon. It has now opened its doors to visitors, and the centre does more than just cutting-edge research in astronomy. Using state-of-the-art interactive exhibition technology, the 'binary star' offers visitors of all ages unique adventures 'in the universe' that they can experience with all their senses. GEZE is proud to support the ESO Supernova's brilliance with cutting-edge automatic door technology.

Picture credits: ESO/P. Horálek

A welcoming atmosphere

A fully automatic revolving door with a TSA 325 NT series drive system at the main entrance lets visitors in and out comfortably and safely. Transparent on all sides and with generous passage clearances, the design door enhances the foyer's open atmosphere. It may look discreet and elegant, but the door has more to it than first meets the eye: revolving doors with a sleek look can make life difficult for uninvited guests. Additional concealed lock components provide increased safeguard against burglary.

Picture credits: ESO/P. Horálek

Peak visitor numbers: barrier-free, always

Door solutions by GEZE ensure that the ESO Supernova is able to handle the throng of visitors at all times. If a large group of visitors is seen arriving on the forecourt, the flanking automatic façade door can be held permanently open. As a multifunctional solution, the double-leaf swing door with TSA 160 series drive offers the expected barrier-free access to the foyer, and serves as an escape door. Additional GEZE solutions for doors and windows have been installed throughout the building for the comfort and safety of visitors and staff.

GEZE helps create a view to the stars:

Building expertise: customised solutions integrated with all parts of the construction optimise operations and safety. From ease of handing the flow of visitors to emergency exit protection and burglar-resistance

In the façade:

  • Fully automatic design revolving door: Concealed components offer convenience and proven protection against burglary; Automatic night-time closer with automated bolt locking
  • Automatic double-leaf swing door: Barrier-free escape door