Geodesic Dome for The Dome Company
At Fabric Solutions we pride ourselves on being innovators and not shying away from the unusual. One example are domes, we work closely with Robbie from The Dome Company so he can sell unique and interesting geodesic dome structures. Domes are customised to each clients needs, the first example being two different colours from the outside and inside resulting in the need to make a second internal skin.
So what is a geodesic dome? From Wikipedia:
“A geodesic dome is a spherical or hemispherical thin-shell structure (lattice-shell) based on a network of geodesics (great circles) on the surface of a sphere or a hemisphere. The geodesics intersect to form triangular elements, which have local, triangular rigidity, and so distribute the structural stress throughout the geodesic sphere.”
This dome was custom built for The Dome Company (http://www.domecompany.com.au). (For Dyson, as part of a promotional event they were running).
Due to time constraints, not only was an exact fit needed, but a tight turn around time was required. This is one of the reasons a second skin was chosen to colour the insides. Two colours, onyx metallic black on the outside and white on the inside was used. Clear panels made of fire retardant material were used for the windows.
All up a total of approximately 75 sqm of material was used for the outer dome.
Domes can be quite large with full graphics as well. Below is a picture of a 15m dome created for the Brisbane Writers Festival, held by Uplit in early September, 2017 at GOMA. The image for this particular dome was by Gordon Hookey’s commissioned artwork for the festival and then printed over the entire dome. At 15 metres in diameter and 7 and half metres high, the shear size meant there was over 400 sqm of printing. With our attention to detail, we were able to translate Gordon’s artwork to the dome accurately and seamlessly.
The other challenge was the right material selection. Not only must the material meet the relevant fire codes (it will become a building structure after all!), it had to also be printable. Since the inside of the dome will also act as a backdrop to visual displays, we had to allow for image projection on the inside and not let the outside image show through to the inside.
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