Crouched like a giant spider ready to pounce, the People’s Meeting Dome isn’t your usual committee talking shop. Designed to host a symposium on the future of housing, it’s visual impact is a statement by architects Kristoffer Tejlgaard and Benny Jepsen that the topic under discussion demanded a venue that would stand as a conversation piece in its own right.
While other organisations pitched tents at the ‘People Meeting’ on Bornholm, the dome – a de-constructed geodesic design – took form like a well-spun web, using a combination of a steel lattice skeleton covered with wood and glass. The dome can be disassembled and rebuilt elsewhere, and altered in shape and size according to the surroundings. None of the interior walls are load bearing, so windows can be placed to allow light in as necessary. Tejlgaard and Jepsen describe the structure as an improvement on the “anti-architecture” of the geodesic dome popular with ’70s hippies. Right on, man.