kristoffer tejlgaard + benny jepsen: people's meeting dome
kristoffer tejlgaard + benny jepsen: people's meeting dome kristoffer tejlgaard + benny jepsen: people's meeting dome
sep 24, 2012

kristoffer tejlgaard + benny jepsen: people's meeting dome

this year’s people’s meeting in bornholm, denmark, is intended to spark debate and discussion about the future of housing. with a need for a venue, danish architects kristoffer tejlgaard and benny jepsen wanted to not only provide the space in which the event would take place, but also offer an independent piece that would in itself be a contribution. the ‘people’s meeting dome’ is in essence a deconstructed geodesic dome, a mathematically resolved and structurally efficient shape that unfortunately bears little architectural specificity to site. a geometric wooden frame composed of triangles as the smallest unit allowed the freedom to take differently sized sections and extrude, scale, push and pull them to accommodate programmatical elements as needed, in response to its physical context. the space structurally behaves the same and allows a column-less plan with small niches and crevices for seating and a stage.



all images and video © kristoffer tejlgaard



the connections are made with custom steel plates that allow full flexibility through modularity. any group of triangular modules can be removed, expanded or contracted, made into a window, a door, or treated with a different veneer. the metal nodes incorporate the external structure as well as the interior rafters and tension cable connections. its construction possesses the potential to adapt to anyscope with the capability to adapt to changing needs. a table of stress levels was produced with engineer henrik almegaard pinpointing four strength classes and minimizing the use of extensive material. all the wood used in the project is locally grown douglas pine, with 2×4’s and 2×6’s comprising the frames, and recycled old boards wrapping the facade in different patterns.


recycled wood planks wrap the surface in varying patterns

interior of the pavilion

sections of glass flood the space with light

custom steel plate connections act as nodes for all the members of the structure

wood was used for the entire construction, with metal connections and tension cables

fish-eye of the venue

construction site

(left) custom steel plates and angles, (right) construction of the dome

wooden structure

bird’s eye view

floor plan / level 0


3D model



project info:


area: 212 sqm
height: 8 sqm
features: kitchen, bar, dining area and stage
client: bl, denmark’s public housing
architects: kristoffer tejlgaard & benny jepsen
engineer: henrik almegaard
site: allinge, bornholm, denmark
date: june 2012

  • a ‘sploded dome!

    nice to see someone thinking outside the dome

    dbkii says:
  • Beautiful piece.. that is visually wrecked with the use of used, pallet lumber. If I could only see it as a solid – the glass would perform visual magic. Too bad they had the extra time to push the design past its peak.

    Jim C. says:
  • @jim c

    interesting. i am of the opinion that it is currently at its peak. i understand what you mean about the solidity, but actually i can really appreciate the textures of the planks, and their sustainable significance. I think it holds much more meaning to society. it seems almost like the use of these pure pristine pieces is for the economically irresponsible. lets take what is being thrown out and repurpose it into something beautiful again, like i think this project does so well.

    the other hand says:
  • does anyone know how much time the construction of this fabulous dome took?

    buho1122 says:
  • I love it, but how long will it hold up against the ellements?

    Fred A. Saas, Architect says:
  • nice… just a wood jewel

    crows says:

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