We initially designed our geodesic dome as an outdoor research laboratory for scientists to investigate the influence of nature on our health & behaviour. The dome has since developed into a venue for lectures, debates, workshops & events to promote healthy urban living, a concert hall for acoustic music & it is available to hire for private events.
The dome was designed in collaboration with artist Tim Boin of Sober Industries whose body of work is inspired by geometry and its relation to vibration. Tim worked with The Green Living Lab co-founder Aveen Colgan to realise her vision of creating a harmonious organic structure, where people inside feel good and connected with nature while they go about their activities; working, studying, learning, playing and relaxing. The dome was integrated with the garden with a green slope, in order to enhance this feeling of harmony with nature throughout the location.
The dome’s interior and it’s integration with the surrounding garden was designed by Aveen Colgan and Rowin Snijder, with help from Green Living Lab volunteers.
The dome is fully transparent, offering guests a 360 degree view of the surrounding garden. The form of the dome is a truncated icosahedron, the natural form of the Carbon 60 molecule. The dome’s structure has been constructed from Lexan and Accoya to ensure durability.
The green slope circling the base of the dome integrates the structure into our garden, creating a feeling of balance between our activities and the surrounding nature. The green slope is a hügel bed, formed by layers of large logs, branches, twigs, compost & organic soil. The hügel captures carbon in the soil & the decomposing wood inside provides a consistent source of nutrients for the plants. The wood inside the slope acts like a sponge to absorb & store rainwater, which is then released during drier periods.
Our green hill is a space to grow plants & herbs & provides a comfy place to sit, relax, study or work while enjoying the garden.