Easy Domes Dome house by KT Architects

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Easy Domes

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Dome house

INSPIRATION:
The inspiration to Easy Domes occur in 1990 by design of a cultural house for the Society of Greenland People in Faroe Islands. The idea of an igloo shaped house built in between traditional family houses was reached by use of the basic polyhedra, the icosahedron, transforming it into plates of hexagons and pentagons. The modified dome design inspired to two tourism cottages built in 2000 in a mountain area, and today low energy, sustainable domes in new design are produced Denmark

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The design and structure of Easy Domes is the Platonic polyhedra the Icosahedron - here by cut of vertices and with practice of five eighths of the full figure to 21 strong load- and stabilizing wooden sections. A quick and easy assembled building kit - only mounted with iron bolts, and suitable for a green, low energy and sustainable building. Interaction between floor area and a spatial volume offers interesting interior possibilities. Easy Domes are earthquake and hurricane resistant and implementable to all climate zones.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The project contains the concept of quick and easy assembled wooden domes in the content of being the load an basic for sizes from 25m2 and 150m2 domes. Small domes only need manpower for assemble while bigger domes need a crane. 21 pc. pre-produced building sections raised to a dome, offering plain or complex one or two-floor interiors, with addition of i.e. two domes to difficult terrain or climate zone, additional resistance to earthquakes and hurricanes, are some advantages at Easy Domes.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
From the first full scale cutted icosahedron, built in 1992 in Faroe Islands, the Easy Domes project began in 2000 with two test domes in mountain terrain. The project was financed by 60 percentage of costs from the Faroese Ministry of Industry. After 5-6 years of testing Easy Domes made agreement with the wooden production company Taasinge Trae AS, Denmark. Since Easy Domes are built as fully sustainable family houses and cottages in Denmark in 2008, and for spare time activities in 2010 in Unied Arab Emirates.

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Architecture, Building and Structure Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Each dome contain 21 sections in pinewood and canadian douglas plywood. Edge-beams for framework are cut with exact beav-angels, length, and perforation for iron bolts for later assemble and raise of the dome. For tension drag in window sections, iron hangers are mounted for each of the two horizontal corners. Edge beams are glued and screwed at corners, and the framework is mounted with the assemble- and stabilizing beams. The plywood is glued, nailed to the framework and finally edge-milled.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Example: 57m2 two floor dome, load structure: 8310mm x 8737mm x 4907mm 10 pc. Hexagons, 1800/3600mm x 3118mm x 135mm 6 pc. Pentagons, 1800/2912mm x 2770mm x 135mm 5 pc. Quadrangles, 180/3600mm x 1559mm x 135mm 3 pc. Wall- and roof sections for main door Pine and plywood, incl. fittings for assemble, wrapped in plastic and delivered on pallets for truck or container transport. Addition for windows and aluminum sheeting

TAGS:
Geodesic structure, Icosahedron, Dome, BuckeyBall, Football, Iglo, Tuft, Green-house, Eco-building

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
The design is linked to the polyhedra, the Icosahedron, in the content of the pure plate structure, seldom used as main load-bearing structure. Knowledge of lattice structures and some research on the plate-structure, set experienced building engineers to calculate for load-demands to chosen parameters. Even the limit of size of the Easy Domes at app. 150M2, because of the weight and size of sections, great dome-building advantages are offered to a world-wide group of users

CHALLENGE:
The creative proses was to develop and combine the geodesic structure and building technique to a practical and functioning living area. Other dome-manufacturers for small domes use the lattice structure and needed special connectors. Plain plate structure can reach similar dome-sizes, and with traditional wooden materials, a computerized production and manufacture of ISO certified building sections, with no special connectors, fulfilling all EU-codes and international standards, is a reality.

ADDED DATE:
2012-09-23 11:18:47

TEAM MEMBERS (2) :
Architect Kari Thomsen and Engineer Ole Vanggaard

IMAGE CREDITS:
KT Architects, 2012.

Visit the following page to learn more: http://www.easydomes.com
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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Easy Domes Ltd

PROFILE:
The Easy Domes concept is developed by and at the architectural office of Mr.Kari Thomsen in 1989, a few years after the office was established. From the first project being a request for a cultural house to The Society of Greenland People on Faroe Islands, a later development financed by the Faroe Islands Ministry of Industry took place in cooperation with needed engineering advice to achieve the special dome load structure in minimizing use of material and to build two tourism cottages in a mountain area. Some years later Easy Domes established a cooperation with the danish wooden factory Taasinge Trae and delivered two domes for two families in Denmark. By public marketing mainly on the internet an agreement was made in 2010 with the owner of the Golden Tulip Hotel and Resort in United Arab Emirates. Here two small domes were added to a bigger dome for beach spare time activities. Actually we have no photos at moment of the finished project, but participated in preparations and a test erection and mounting of one of the small domes.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Easy Domes Dome House by Kt Architects is a Nominee in Architecture, Building and Structure Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Easy Domes Dome House by Kt Architects is Winner in Architecture, Building and Structure Design Category, 2012 - 2013.

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