Light pollution is a major issue in cities where it obscures a clear view of the night sky. So no wonder in more remote places like Chile's Elqui Valley there would be a hotel dedicated exclusively for stargazing -- welcoming astronomy lovers with a collection of specially-designed cabins and geodesic dome structures. Check out this stunning time-lapse video of the Elqui Domos Hotel by American photographer James Florio, who put together over 23,000 photographs to create this:
Starting up in 2005, the hotel recently received a much-needed facelift in 2011 from Santiago-based firm RDM Arquitectura, which added a series of wooden cabins outfitted with huge skylights that allows you to see the sky while lying down in bed. The architects explain on ArchDaily:
To refashion the existing rooms, we emphasized the role of the terrace as main living area, and highlighted a specific sense of lightness – usually found in textile architecture – by placing the cabins’ volumes barely sitting on the land, reminiscent of foreign artifacts used for sleeping, dominating the landscape, or staring at the stars.