Thank goodness for Mathematics. The bane of many a high school student and misunderstood by as many a designer, without it we wouldn’t have much of the exciting architecture we see today. Maths gave us the geodesic dome, one of the most efficient means of construction we know of, and now Kristoffer Tejlgaard and Benny Jepsen have deconstructed it to give us the People’s Meeting Dome.
Boligselskabernes Landsforening (the Danish Social Housing Association) commissioned the building to house the Peoples Meeting in Bornholm, Denmark to discuss the future of housing. They didn’t just want a regular venue for the meeting, but wanted the building itself to be part of the discussion. The idea of a deconstructed dome was conceptualized before the event and has been waiting for the perfect opportunity for it to fit into. The deconstruction was necessary for the dome to fit into its surroundings and for programming to be placed in it. This led to the creation of a large open space for meetings surrounded by nooks for contemplation and to allow the building to be more easily read. The construction allows for the dome to be adapted and relocated as need be. The biggest asset of the space is that no interior collumns are needed to support a roof. The timber lattice is held together with steel nodes with the façade, interior and flooring finished in local Douglas pine. Windows were created using greenhouse membranes and PVC film.
So does the People’s Meeting Dome tell us about the future of housing? Perhaps it’s to use technology and our gray matter to do what architecture has always strived to do, create spaces that are open and flexible that elicit a sense of wonder.