The SOL Dome is a lightweight composite-fibre dome by Loop.pH that mimics molecular structures of carbon atoms and is illuminated by solar-powered lighting.
Named the SOL Dome, the structure was built using Archilace, a lightweight composite fibre developed by Loop.pH, and made up of carbon and fiberglass. The stiff woven fibres have been shaped into circles to create a rigid structure based on the bonds between carbon atoms.
Solar cells at the base of the dome store energy during the day and are then used to power an animated lighting sequence that is projected over the surface of the structure after dark.
"The rotational breathing rhythm of the light is driven by an onsite CO2 sensor and is part of our studio's ongoing research into creating environments that allow people to experience cycles of environmental data in public space," said Wingfield. "It's a further development on Buckminster Fuller's work on geodesic domes where the solid rods are replaced by a single tubular membrane."
Via Lauren Moss