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The People’s Meeting Dome Deconstructs the Geodesic Dome’s Sacred Geometry
Posted By Lidija Grozdanic On September 30, 2012 @ 2:50 pm In Architecture | 3 Comments
The project was commissioned by BL, Denmark Public Housing, for this year’s People Meeting held on the island of Bornholm, Denmark, a manifestation dedicated to generating debate on the future of housing. The Meeting Dome had a dual role within this context – besides providing an attractive physical space for the debate, the project itself is a comment on it. The introvert geometry of the conventional dome is restructured to respond more constructively to the architectural conditions of the contemporary city. The structure becomes more flexible and responsive to its surroundings, as its extruded segments  assume different positions within a specific location.
The logic of the extrusions consists in consistent treatment of different elements: the curved surfaces are closed, while the perpendicular ones are left transparent. This enables greater control over the amount of light  that penetrates the interior and ultimately, the organization of the space. For the Peoples Meeting, the dome contained a stage placed in a niche and the stands situated in the central area. According to the architects, this “created additional focus on the stage and a great sense of intimacy”.
The project is a complex lattice structure that can be assembled to fit different parameters. The printed nodes from the 3D model are laser cut and robot welded. The nodes are designed as steel shoes that are open in one dimension and two inches in the other, so they can accommodate the family of standard rafters. The Meeting Dome used 2×4 inches and 2×6 inches construction timber and same size plywood-beams. The building envelope consisted of translucent greenhouse membranes  on the spherical surfaces and transparent PVC film as windows on the perpendicular surfaces.
+ Benny Jepsen 
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URLs in this post:
 Kristoffer Tejlgaard: http://www.behance.net/ktejlgaard
 Benny Jepsen: http://www.behance.net/Oneliner
 future of housing: http://inhabitat.com/passive-house-debate-heats-up-on-the-future-of-a-us-standard/
 extruded segments: http://inhabitat.com/prefab-friday-loblolly-house/loblolly-house-kieran-timberlake-associates-inhabitat-prefab-friday-chesapeake-bay-maryland-component-based-prefab/
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2012/09/Meeting-Dome-in-Denmark-Kristoffer-Tejlgaard-Benny-Jepsen-4.jpg
 amount of light: http://inhabitat.com/1-liter-of-light-project-illuminates-thousands-of-filipino-homes-with-recycled-bottles/
 membranes: http://inhabitat.com/cloud-9s-incredible-inflatable-bubble-building-opens-in-barcelona/cloud9-media-ict-building-wan6/
 + People Meeting Dome: http://www.archello.com/en/project/peoples-meeting-dome
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