ART AND CULTURE
A Geodesic Dome is a hemispherical body based on simple geometries, triangles that form pentagons or hexagons that then form a large polyhedron. The structures are light but stable and very resistant to wind and quakes due to their shape and the inherent strength of their triangular assembly. A geodesic structure can be used to build a GREENHOUSE, HOME, CLIMBING WALL FOR KIDS, PLAYHOUSE FOR KIDS, YOGA ROOM, ACTIVITIES ROOM, HEAT CONCENTRATOR, DRYER, WAREHOUSE…
Adventages of the Dome
Better resistance and stability
The geodesic shape of the dome is the strongest and most robust design to stand the wind or accumulated snow (they are common in the Antarctic as observatories and laboratories). The more the wind blows, it surrounds the dome and makes it firmer on the ground. No other covered structure is so stable and strong.
More uniform temperatures thanks to improved airflow, the temperature is more uniform than in a conventional building. There are no cold or hot spots.
Air distribution and ventilation
Excellent air distribution given the geometric shape that allows the air to flow without producing stagnation that can cause accumulated humidity and the subsequent proliferation of mould and bacteria.
Harnessing solar energy
The geodesic dome is the ideal passive solar energy collector. It acts like a giant light reflector towards the inside of the dome and also concentrates and reflects the inside heat, which helps to prevent heat loss through irradiation towards the outside.
Due to the fact that the volume of air inside a dome is less than in a conventional building, maintaining a comfortable ambience in winter is less costly, needing just 50% of what a rectangular or square building would need.
As the wall surface exposed to the outside in relation to the covered surface is less, it is cheaper to achieve suitable insulation to maintain the inner ambience conditions comfortable to live in.
Dome construction course
Theoretical classes are given to explain the procedure to be followed when building a dome and, afterwards, we will go to the workshop and we will start to assemble part of the geodesic structure. We will continue assembling the structure and, throughout the day, we will install part of the covering, except for the translucid parts…
Once finished, I will give a theoretical class in which we will see how to build a door, windows, insulation, finishes…
Analysis of habitability conditions
As each dome has a unique design and composition, measurements are continuously taken and in real time by incorporating wireless sensors that measure the values of temperature [ºC], humidity, natural light [lux], in order to design behavioural patterns of the habitable variables in each dome.
In order to do this, we work in collaboration with the University of Malaga, specifically with the School of Architecture and Engineering, which provides scientific contributions for the Experiment on habitable environments.
Analysis of energy consumption
Analysing the various configurations regarding orientation, insulation, etc of each dome, measurements are continuously taken and in real time by incorporating wireless sensors that measure the consumption values, not with the aim of reaching ZERO CONSUMPTION, rather that the building generates more energy than it needs.
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