Dome of Visions

The Dome of Visions project is about putting action into words and following through on new ideas in construction and urban thinking and planing. The dome is intended specially to inspire and to challenge regarding the solutions for the climate challenges to come.

Minimalist Construction

The Dome of Visions is based on the ideas conceived in the 1940s by the American futurist and architect Buckminster Fuller.

The dome principle builds on studies of, among other things, minimalist structures whose surface tension creates the basis for the supporting framework and facade.

The Dome of Visions was constructed by NCC in close cooperation with architects Kristoffer Tejlgaard and Benny Jepsen. It is 10,5 meters in height and has a diameter of 21 meters.

The Dome is aimed at challenging the construction industry and construction material manufacturers. How can we create buildings that are both sustainable in the broadest sense and simultaneously energy-optimized?

How can we develop cities if we must balance both daily life and ambitious climate goals?

House of inspiration

The Dome of Visions is an open venue for very different interests. The Dome will be used for concerts, readings, debates about architecture, business seminars, exhibitions and even “camps” in which students and the city’s creative lights meet for days to immerse themselves in the new challenges of architecture.

Vitalize the temporary

The Dome of Visions places itself in the city’s spaces, and offers its ideas about how we can vitalize the space between buildings and the temporary sites that always spring up when new buildings are constructed.

The lush garden in the dome and sensuality in the transparent spaces provide additional dimensions to the artistic events that take place in the dome.

The dome was found at Krøyers Plads in Copenhagen for approximately two months starting in March. The dome was then situated at the Port of Aarhus to mid-October 2014. From April 2014 until spring 2015 the dome will stand at Søren Kierkegaards Plads in Copenhagen.

It takes approximately 14 days to get the dome on its feet and the same time to tear it back down. To follow the dome, we invite you to take a look at the program where you may also find which activities will be available and when. If Buckminster “Bucky” Fuller has caught your interest, you will find a link to a more detailed segment about him in the menu.

Indoor Climate measurement

How does it feel to stay in a greenhouse during the changing of the seasons?

The dome is only partially heated during the winter season and in the summer months we cool down by opening the top of the roof. This means that the most temperate areas are located around the central house, as it provides shade in the summer and has the ability to sustain heat in the winter. The building primarily relies on the energy emitted by the sun.

Back in the old days it was common for buildings to have several temperature zones with different temperatures. The pantry is a good example of this as it was always located at a cooler place in the building providing refrigeration for delicious preserves!

In order to learn – and perhaps especially relearn – about a more seasonal and energy efficient indoor climate, we measure the temperature indoors and outdoors as well as its humidity, acoustics and CO2 concentration. We also measure our own energy input from solar cells and our woodburning stove.

This gives us an overall picture of the domes ability to function as a residential and living room in harmony with the seasons and the power of the sun.

As part of the monitoring program, NCC has made an agreement with DTU (Technical University of Denmark) and Allborg University. Students from the two universities, working closely with NCC explore the idea of the greenhouse as a third space that is both inside and outside at once and challenge the way we think about housing.

Follow the results of the monitoring program (dansih) and see live climate.