THE VISIONARY AMERICAN architect Buckminster Fuller dreamed of putting the whole of Manhattan under a glass roof – as a way of saving endless amounts of energy. Drawing inspiration from the great man, KTH Royal Institute of Technology recently unveiled the ‘Dome of Visions’, a 10.5 metre high dome, in partnership with construction company NCC.
It was designed by Danish architect Kristoffer Tejlgaard and comprises a supporting structure of LVL (Laminated Veneer Lumber) bound together with steel ties. The structure is then clad in polycarbonate plastic. The dome creates a room measuring 350 square metres in a pleasant climate. The dome is set to spend a year on site at KTH, serving as a place for debate and experimentation, where different technologies for creating a more sustainable society can be tested in real time. The dome also contains a wooden house designed by architectural student Stefania Dinea.«