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

‘people’s meeting dome’ by kristoffer tejlgaard and benny jepsen, bornholm, denmark image courtesy of kristoffer tejlgaard



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.


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 any scope 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.



construction process
video © kristoffer tejlgaard



entry image courtesy of kristoffer tejlgaard



recycled wood planks wrap the surface in varying patterns image courtesy of kristoffer tejlgaard



image courtesy of kristoffer tejlgaard



interior of the pavilion image courtesy of kristoffer tejlgaard



sections of glass flood the space with light image courtesy of kristoffer tejlgaard



custom steel plate connections act as nodes for all the members of the structure image courtesy of kristoffer tejlgaard



wood was used for the entire construction, with metal connections and tension cables image courtesy of kristoffer tejlgaard



fish-eye of the image courtesy of kristoffer tejlgaard



construction site image courtesy of kristoffer tejlgaard



(left) custom steel plates and angles (right) construction of the dome image courtesy of kristoffer tejlgaard



wooden structure image courtesy of kristoffer tejlgaard



bird’s eye view image courtesy of kristoffer tejlgaard




floor plan / level 0 image courtesy of kristoffer tejlgaard



section image courtesy of kristoffer tejlgaard



3D model image courtesy of kristoffer tejlgaard


project info:



area: 212 m2. height: 8m. 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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