Paper domes in Japanese design style
Japanese architect Shigeru Ban is known for designing cardboard
buildings: he built amongst others the Japanese pavilion for Expo
2000 and the 'paper house'. Last summer his first project in the
Netherlands was realized: a temporary theatre in Amsterdam's new
The theatre has the shape of a geodetic dome with 30 m diameter.
The primary structure exists of cardboard cylinders of 20 cm
diameter, varying in length between 1,2 and 1,5 meters.
Buitink Technology manufactured the watertight skin of the
pavilion, which exists of a PVC-coated polyester fabric that is
tightened over the cardboard skeleton. This fabric is kept at
distance from the skeleton by spacers with "dishes" attached to
them. The fabric was laid over the dome and then attached to the
cardboard by clamping it between the "dishes".
This construction method was necessary because after a couple of
weeks the dome was taken down and moved to a new location. Since 3
July 2004 the Paper Dome is located in Leidschen Rijn near Utrecht,
where it is used as a museum for mobile architecture.
Year of implementation 2005.
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