Idea For The Astrodome: Convert It Into Deep Space Nine

Houston Astrodome Deep Space Nine

 

Right now the folks in Houston are trying to figure out what to do with the Astrodome, which has been sitting vacant for several years. Many plans for the dome have fallen by the wayside, including this multi-use approach which I really like. I’m going to throw my esteemed hat into the ring and declare that the Astrodome be converted into Deep Space Nine.

That’s right: a mega Star Trek tourist destination in the very city where the Space Program resides. This resort would look and feel like the space station seen in the show.

This is made possible by building the central hub and encircling promenade in the middle of the field, with three bridges that connect to the existing concourse in the Astrodome. The dome’s circular shape is quite handy here!

Houston Astrodome Deep Space Nine

Thanks to the dome you can create a lot of celestial facades within, making it feel like you’re in deep space when you’re looking out of the windows of the station.

The resort would feature a hotel with lots of “housing quarters”, restaurants, bars, shops, and a casino (Quark’s bar and casino, naturally). In addition to the main bridge and promenade, other destinations would include “docked” spaceships like the Defiant. There is still plenty of real estate in the dome to include rides, a few space museums (of the non-fiction and science-fiction variety), Imax theaters, and so on.

Deep Space Nine would be a great year-round resort for Trekkies, and could possibly be the mecca for many Star Trek and comic conventions.

Right now it’s difficult to create a life-size Enterprise (we came close though), but this is completely do-able in my opinion. For now we’ll have to settle for the new Star Trek resort in Spain that is currently being built and is scheduled to open next year.

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Posted on March 31, 2014, in Architecture, TV and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. Love it! I think this could be a mix of a theme park and shopping center. If you can incorporate TNG and Voyager too then all the better.

  2. This is a really good idea, I’d come over to the US to visit

  3. Like any Astrodome idea, if you can come up with the funding, it’ll be a go.

    • As long as it’s a for profit real estate project and not a Harris county civic project, then funding would actually be the easy part. A real estate developer in a Joint Venture with a company like Disney and a private equity firm could lease the Dome from the city, and develop something like this. Such an arrangement has been done before on a smaller scale with the old Rice Hotel. The city leased the building to a developer who converted it to the Rice Lofts. Just follow the same pattern with the Dome.

  4. I like the idea. But, the casino idea will be a no-go in the state of Texas.

  5. The building has a 30 foot deep pit that took weeks or months to dig out. I think we should fill it with water and make it an aquarium / and botanical gardens. Thirty feet is the perfect depth for scuba diving and marine life, the windows on the roof could be cleared since they were painted over many years ago. Maybe an indoor water-park could be part of the plan. Sharks in the water-park might add a little excitement to the whole experience. You could have a lazy river take you from the aquarium over and out to Reliant stadium.

    If that doesn’t work, why not take the asbestos out of the building, deconstruct the inside, and make it covered parking. This would be cheaper than tearing the structure down, it would save tax payer money as the the building will have to be deconstructed anyway if it is torn down. This would save the building and provide an amenity (covered parking) covered events etc. and would save the taxpayers the cost of complete demolition. This would be a win win and maybe it could be turned into an aquarium later. Probably wouldn’t even have to fill in the hole for parking since there is a giant ramp to get to the floor of the building.

    • I like your idea too. It would look quite surreal to have that aquarium in a giant dome.

      I believe they are currently taking the asbestos out, according to recent reports.

  6. As long as it’s a private sector project I’m cool with this. This would be a great theme park that celebrates Star Trek (and NASA too).

  7. This is really cool. I’d love to go to Quark’s or get my suit tailored at Garak’s, maybe do some other shopping on the promenade. If it had a hotel I would make vacation plans for sure.

  8. Best idea I’ve seen yet. Much better than this bunch: http://www.archpaper.com/news/articles.asp?id=6936

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