The auditorium is a tri-part collaboration between maker, engineer and designer. A homage to Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic it offers a large single volume space with the least amount of material possible. Structural analysis of load path analysis has allowed the geodesic to escape the restrictions of a pure spherical form.
A deformed geodesic offers the potential for a more useful solution which is defined by the functions contained within rather than being a slave to geometry. Harnessing Gorden Cowley’s lifetime passion for timber technology we were able to develop a simple grid shell of larch poles in the round, clad in a utilitarian shell of birch plywood panels a reference to the spirit of the 1940’s host building.
The challenge with the geometry was auditory with the faceted form generating a distracting reflection within the auditorium seating. Triangulated absorption panels removed the nuisance echo resulting in a perfect acoustic for instrumental performances.