Easy Domes (Dome House) by Kari Thomsen
2012 - 2013, Bronze A' Architecture, Building and Structure Design Award Winner
The inspiration to Easy Domes occur in 1990 by design of a cultural house for the Society of Greenland People in Faroe Islands. The idea of an igloo shaped house built in between traditional family houses was reached by use of the basic polyhedra, the icosahedron, transforming it into plates of hexagons and pentagons. The modified dome design inspired to two tourism cottages built in 2000 in a mountain area, and today low energy, sustainable domes in new design are produced Denmark
The design and structure of Easy Domes is the Platonic polyhedra the Icosahedron - here by cut of vertices and with practice of five eighths of the full figure to 21 strong load- and stabilizing wooden sections. A quick and easy assembled building kit - only mounted with iron bolts, and suitable for a green, low energy and sustainable building. Interaction between floor area and a spatial volume offers interesting interior possibilities. Easy Domes are earthquake and hurricane resistant and implementable to all climate zones.
Design Challenges
The creative proses was to develop and combine the geodesic structure and building technique to a practical and functioning living area. Other dome-manufacturers for small domes use the lattice structure and needed special connectors. Plain plate structure can reach similar dome-sizes, and with traditional wooden materials, a computerized production and manufacture of ISO certified building sections, with no special connectors, fulfilling all EU-codes and international standards, is a reality.
Production Technology
Each dome contain 21 sections in pinewood and canadian douglas plywood. Edge-beams for framework are cut with exact beav-angels, length, and perforation for iron bolts for later assemble and raise of the dome. For tension drag in window sections, iron hangers are mounted for each of the two horizontal corners. Edge beams are glued and screwed at corners, and the framework is mounted with the assemble- and stabilizing beams. The plywood is glued, nailed to the framework and finally edge-milled.
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