kristoffer tejlgaard + benny jepsen: dome of visions, copenhagen
kristoffer tejlgaard + benny jepsen: dome of visions, copenhagen kristoffer tejlgaard + benny jepsen: dome of visions, copenhagen
apr 26, 2013

kristoffer tejlgaard + benny jepsen: dome of visions, copenhagen

danish architects kristoffer tejlgaard and benny jepsen continue their development of the timeless dome with aesthetic beauty and experimental conceptual undertones. located in an area of ongoing construction between the famous noma restaurant and architect nicolai eigtyed’s old studio warehouse on the kroyers square, the ‘dome of visions’ captures a contrastingly peaceful spring micro-climate filled with the aroma of the rosemary bushes, the site of a 100 year-old olive tree, and the company of eucalyptus, apple and peach trees. the venue serves as a platform for various cultural events and discussions on sustainable housing – itself being a prime example of greenhouse living within a skin of breathable material that better regulates a comfortable environment without excessive energy use.

all images courtesy of kristoffer tejlgaard



the interior contains a raised bed for vegetables and herbs with an integrated irrigation system and small wooden house with a studio on the top floor and conference room and terrace on the ground level. the envelope system is the component that legitimizes all the ideas behind the construction. CNC-cut transparent polycarbonate panels overlap like scales of a fish eliminating the need for any commercial sealants while maintaining wind and waterproof properties.

temporary construction in the copenhagen harbor



standard metal connections and modular wooden members create the triangulated substructure whose assembly strategy allows individual pieces to be replaced or removed without disturbing the whole. when the surface panels wear out they can be taken back to the distributor and recycled for use in other products, closing a full life-cycle loop. a specially designed mobile stove made from brick, clay, horse manure and linseed oil with a horizontal chimney that doubles as furniture and provides a radiant heat source that effectively works with the geometry of the space.

(left) overlapping polycarbonate skin, (right) entrance

interior two-storey house

integrated open space and gardens

house details

view through the transparent skin

ground structure detail




project info:


dome area: 346,4 m2
dome height: 10,5 meters
dome surface area: 692,7 m2
panel points: 91
poles: 250
geometry of lattice: icosahedron v4.
geometry of facade: dodecahedron v8.

house area in ground plan: 71,4 m2
house area of first floor: 30 m2
house total area: 101,4 m2

terraces area in ground plan: 160 m2
terraces area of first floor: 41 m2
garden area: 115 m2

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