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in london fields, a park east of the city center, a pneumatic architectural structure took shape in early october, hosting free community events for local families and children. designed and realized by DOSIS — a madrid-based laboratory of creative processes founded by isabel collado and ignacio peydro — ‘second dome’ is a reconfigurable space that can transform from a single, 65-square-meter bubble, to a more than 400-square-meter, multi-room structure within minutes. inside, events organized by not-profit organization shuffle included animation workshops, film screenings, piñata-designing classes and science experiments. 

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the installation situated in london fields, east of the city center
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‘second dome’ has been commissioned for founders forum 2016 by second home — a selgascano-designed creative workspace and cultural venue that brings together different industries and disciplines. DOSIS has designed the installation to instantly respond to specific urban needs, quickly popping-up, assembling, and activating the city with little effort or energy required. ‘second dome’ is the only structure to have the ability to be assembled so quickly while maintaining the capacity to span large areas with a thickness of less than a millimeter. additionally, the structure automatically responds to wind and pressure, requiring extremely low quantities of energy for fabrication and assembly.

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the pneumatic architectural structure took shape in london at the start of october 2016
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the site hosted free community events for local families and children to experience and enjoy 
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‘second dome’ is a highly reconfigurable space with a variety of structural options 
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the installation can transform from a 65-square-meter bubble, to a more than 400-square-meter structure 
image © DOSIS

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events organized by not-profit organization shuffle included animation workshops and film screenings
image © DOSIS

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‘second dome’ has been commissioned for founders forum 2016 by second home
image © DOSIS

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DOSIS has designed the installation to instantly respond to specific urban needs
image © DOSIS

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the installation can quickly pop-up, be assembed, and activate the city with little effort or energy required
image © DOSIS

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‘second dome’ can be assembled quickly and maintain the capacity to span large areas
image © DOSIS

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the outer membrane has a thickness of less than 1 millimeter
image © DOSIS

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the structure automatically responds to wind and pressure
image © DOSIS

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‘second dome’ requires extremely low quantities of energy for fabrication and assembly
image © DOSIS

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the installation in the context of london fields landscape 
image © atlas drones