Humble Peter and his PVC Dome

Architects in Auroville believe in working together and encourage each and every idea to make the place better. Peter Matthias Anderschitz, an architect from Berlin who has been in Auroville since 1971 needed some help from the SacredGroves volunteers. A group of eight volunteers from SacredGroves were present at the Savitri Bhavan campus to help him to lift and align an 8 meters in diameter geodesic dome made up of PVC pipes.IMG_20141120_144241414
A geodesic dome is a spherical or partial-spherical shell structure or lattice shell based on a network of great circles (geodesics) on the surface of a sphere. The geodesics intersect to form triangular elements that have local triangular rigidity and also distribute the stress across the structure. When completed to form a complete sphere, it is a geodesic sphere. A dome is enclosed, unlike open geodesic structures such as playground climbers.

The dome assembled by Peter in Savitri Bhavan will act as a semi-open interactive space for most of the activities being held there. Peter appreciated the flooring designs of the sacred circle and the common house. The materials used and method of construction helps saving a lot of cost and proved to be aesthetically pleasing.. He is willing to make a similar flooring for the dome with the help of SacredGroves volunteers. It is evident that the cost effective methods of construction of SacredGroves is attracting a large group of people and friends in Auroville.


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