Father of the geodesic dome

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The inspiration for the Dome of Visions is from the legendary inventor and architect Richard Buckminster Fuller (1895 -1983). His work has attracted considerable attention and is found in many different contexts worldwide.

“The Earth is not an inexhaustible resource but rather a fragile craft”

Buckminster Fuller argued this 100 years ahead of his time. Inventor and architect Fuller was more or less obsessed with the thought of designing a building that is self-sufficient. This has really only become possible in our era, in the form of a passive building, such as the Dome of Visions. The fact is, many of Fuller’s solutions would have been carbon neutral if they had been built. His book Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth has plenty of exciting reading on the topic for anyone interested.

A climate-smart building that is both mobile and recyclable

Architect Kristoffer Tejlgaard was inspired by Buckminster Fuller’s vision when he designed the Dome of Visions in Copenhagen, where its construction in 2013 attracted a great deal of attention. In this version of the Dome of Visions, Tejlgaard has further refined the architecture. A sister dome, Dome of Visions 3.0, opened in Aarhus in autumn 2016.

The components in the Dome of Visions can be taken apart and rebuilt. Together they form a watertight shell with good insulating properties – perfect for the seasonal variations we have here in Sweden.

Kristoffer Tejlgaard has adapted the building’s façade to take into account the burden from snow during the winter months. The warm summer climate presents other challenges. Essential fresh air is provided via a vent in the ceiling, which is maneuvered by using small motors. When the time comes to dismantle the Dome of Visions for good, most of the building can be recycled.

The inner building

The inner building behind the protective shell was designed by Stefania Dinea, who was a master’s student in 2015 at the Royal Institute of Technology School of Architecture. Her Minecraft-inspired building bowled over the jury of the architecture competition in which she took the first prize.

Jury reasoning for the winning entry:

“By addressing the fact that cities are growing and are in a continual process of change, the winning project uses the construction site as a temporary display window for sustainable construction and social awareness. With inspiration from Minecraft, the customizable structure offers a promise of the pragmatic co-creation of an ongoing experiment adapted to future challenges. We, the jury, look forward to seeing the ‘Everchange Module’ adapted to the Dome of Visions in a playful and challenging way.”

Karolina Keyzer, City Architect

Resource-efficient construction

Architect Kristoffer Tejlgaard was inspired by the architect Buckminster Fuller when he designed the Dome of Visions in Copenhagen, where it attracted much attention when it was built in 2013. In the Dome of Visions in Sweden, Tejlgaard has taken sustainable architecture to new levels.

Since the Swedish Dome of Visions was built, the dome in Copenhagen has been dismantled. Instead, a new and larger Dome of Visions 3.0 has been built in the Port of Aarhus. Read more about it here.

Tejlgaard’s intention has always been to build as resource-efficiently as possible. Therefore, he began by considering the usage of materials for the Dome of Visions in Sweden. In Copenhagen, the transparent polycarbonate plastic plates used in the Dome of Visions had, for example, a large number of corners, while in this version they have a squarer form. This has significantly reduced material use, which is a major achievement in terms of sustainability.

The Dome of Visions can be dismantled and moved in order to take advantage of unused areas in the urban space; for example, it has now been moved from Stockholm to Gothenburg. When the time comes to dismantle the building for good, most of it can be recycled.