The design for Peoples Meeting Dome in Bornholm, Denmark was practical response of young Danish architects, Kristoffer Tejlgaard and Benny Jepsen, to a debate about future of housing. Their ambition was to create outstanding and highly optimized architecture, yet site-specific and contextual as possible. The proposal was deconstructed geodesic dome – still rational and mathematically generated, but with the improved aesthetic qualities and towards attractive, humanized and inviting architecture.
Structural frame of their intriguing edifice, a meeting place and the exhibition tent for the Danish National Association for Social Housing, is triangular and adaptive – sacred geometry is flexible so the dome could be shaped by the local surrounding and the particular uses of the project. The envelope consists of translucent greenhouse membranes on the sphere surfaces and transparent PVC film, used for windows.
Primary structure of the pavilion is system of steel nodes, which can build demanding “lettuce” arrangement in combination with wood. Skeleton is alterable – it is designed to be adaptable to given parameters, dissembled and reassembled and placed in new design. It is column-free, with no load bearing interior walls, great clear space with multiple possibilities of interior design and windows placement.
The execution of the decomposed dome was done with greatest precision – nodes were printed, laser cut and robot-welded. Due to their unified dimensions, they serve for great variety of rafters. In collaboration with the engineer, architects succeeded to significantly reduce material consumption. However, regarding the temporary nature of this pilot design, old, locally grown Douglas pine boards were used.