What makes this innovative inflatable hall unique is that it can be constructed within one to three weeks and that it uses no support posts. A clever combination of techniques offers unprecedented possibilities for shape, volume and application.

The steel cable network, which forms the Dome’s ‘skeleton’ and gives it its robustness, is incorporated invisibly between the inner and outer domes. Furthermore, in the future, it will be able to generate its own energy through solar cells on the outer skin. An ingenious chimney effect between the inner and outer skins will provide a natural cooling system. This system allows the Shaded Dome to consume only a third of the energy now used by existing tents to create a healthy and pleasant microclimate of 25°C in extremely hot environments. Clean, filtered air plays an essential role inside the Dome: it keeps the dome upright, provides cooling and moreover means the Shaded Dome is ideal for sports and other events in cities with low air quality.

The Shaded Dome is developed and supplied by Shaded Dome Technologies, founded by ZJA Zwarts & Jansma Architects, Royal HaskoningDHV and Poly-Ned.

An example of innovative co-creation

Its compact, lightweight construction, its flexibility, its pleasant internal microclimate, its sustainable character and the enormous range of possibilities the Dome offers make it very suitable for a great many applications. For instance, it can offer accommodation for sports events, football competitions, museums, amusement parks and exhibitions. Bart Brink, Director Smart Solutions at Royal HaskoningDHV, and Managing Director Shaded Dome: ‘Our company concentrates on new methods of collaboration and co-creation. The Shaded Dome is an example of innovative Dutch technology and perfectly fits our company’s ideals and where we want to make a difference: a testing ground that stimulates treating Earth more consciously and sustainably – Enhancing Society Together’.

Shaded dome | Royal HaskoningDHV

Shade for hot or cooler climates

Shaded Dome Technologies is now also working on new applications. For instance, the Dutch armed forces are now testing the Shaded Dome as a basecamp in hot environments. Together with TNO, our business partners are now researching ways of making the Shaded Dome suitable for deflecting grenade splinters and more. But the Shaded Dome also demonstrates its qualities in the cooler West European climate. Starting 2019, the National Liberation Museum 1944-1945 in Groesbeek, the Netherlands, will erect a Shaded Dome as a permanent museum for the celebration of the 75th anniversary of D-Day and Operation Market Garden.

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