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This Wooden Geodesic Dome Contains the World's Largest Planetarium

The project inscribed inside a gasholder in St. Petersburg, aims to transform an industrial area into an educational and scientific center with a large projection screen. The fun part" It is located in a large geodesic dome.

© Anastasia Ra, Daria Priroda, Olga Romanenko

The project inscribed inside a gasholder in St. Petersburg, aims to transform an industrial area into an educational and scientific center with a large projection screen. The fun part" It is located in a large geodesic dome.The geometric model is made up of mainly with wood and metal links for a light and resistant construction.From the architects. The geodesic dome of the Planetarium is part of a large-scale idea to transform an industrial area into a modern architectural project and a scientific and educational center with "the world?s largest planetarium."

© Anastasia Ra, Daria Priroda, Olga Romanenko

The central building of the planetarium is a gasholder on a water canal, an architectural monument with historical connotations. Built in 1884 by Rudolf Bernhard for the "City Lighting Society" of St. Petersburg for storage and supply of gas for street lamps, it has remained abandoned for 120 years since the appearance of electricity. In 2015, the future author and inspirer of the project saw the gasholder for the first time and a thought about a large planetarium that would be inscribed into the existing design came into his mind. Two years later, this dream, seemingly fleeting and incredible, came true ? the planetarium was opened on November 4, 2017.
© Anastasia Ra, Daria Priroda, Olga Romanenko

© Anastasia Ra, Daria Priroda, Olga Romanenko

In this ingenious way, history gave a second chance to the gasholder by retaining its main function of lighting and recreating it with the help of modern construction technologies and visual projection art: As before gasholder brought light on the city streets, now it will carry the light of knowledge to all the inhabitants of this planet.

© Anastasia Ra, Daria Priroda, Olga Romanenko

© Anastasia Ra, Daria Priroda, Olga Romanenko

Structurally, the gasholder is a brick tower of 42 m in diameter and 20 m in height, with a total volume of 40,000 cubic meters. On the top of the building, there is a Schwedler dome with radial metal trusses, connected by rods forming a self-stressed "bicycle wheel" structure. Such constructions laid the foundation for the development of lightweight load-bearing coating systems for large-diameter spaces.

© Anastasia Ra, Daria Priroda, Olga Romanenko

© Anastasia Ra, Daria Priroda, Olga Romanenko

The appearance of a geodesic dome inside the Schwedler dome seemed to demonstrate the next stage in the development of these kind of systems, based on a more optimal (in terms of structure) geometric model of construction. It is noteworthy that the first full-size geode...
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