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Burn Happold and Novel Create a Floating Dome in the Persian Gulf

Burn Happold and Novel Create a Floating Dome in the Persian Gulf

When engineers, Burn Happold and French architect, Nouvel start to meet, its amazing what they can do. Novel’s vision was to have a building designed like the traditional Middle Eastern souk out in the Persian Gulf. This means that yes, Nouvel wanted a floating dome-style building. He also wanted to have a “rain of light” from the sun that would flood the inside of the dome into the galleries and rooms inside. 

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A big task the engineering team had was that unlike a traditional dome, this dome only rested on four supports. As you can imagine, a lot of their pre-plans and designs failed. A floating dome with only four supports was not ideal. Their breakthrough didn’t come on the second or third try. The teams breakthrough came on the 23rd model that was created.

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The last problem the team had to face was the problem of security.  All the art that is brought into the galleries is now brought in by a series of tunnels. The dome can now survive the desert climates, earthquakes and even has security measures in place. 

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Photography: Luc Boegly and Sergio Grazia

Photography: Luc Boegly and Sergio Grazia
Source: Dezeen

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