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Music Dome in Germany

We were very lucky to have this fantastic opportunity to be part of the team building a strawbale sound studio in Forstmehren (near Cologne), Germany. Together with Prof. Gernot Minke, his research assistant Friedemann Mahlke and a team of architecture students from the University Kassel, Germany, the dome structure was planned, designed and built in 2003.

The dome measures 8.2 metres in diametre and is about 5 metres high. A structure of laminated beams and plywood strips was constructed with strawbales placed in between.

The opening on top of the dome measures 1.8 metres in diametre where a skylight has been be fitted.

Internal walls are rendered with clay. Only one coat of clay render has been applied externally before installation of a waterproof membrane.

  • Strawbale Music Dome with Waterproof membrane

    Internal sides of strawbale walls are rendered with clay

  • Looking up to the skylight

    Nice fit for the entrance door

  • A close up of the small Truth Window and Lightfittings shaped from clay

    Beautiful natural finsihes with some artistic paintwork

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