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About Circa Amsterdam
Designed by the legendary and acclaimed American architect Richard Buckminster Fuller and introduced at the World Expo of Montreal in 1967. It is a so-called geodetic dome constructions, with a fully self-supporting span with a diameter of 60 metres. In 1971, the Netherlands got the scoop, and the dome was built, the first geodetic dome in Europe. For a long time, the dome of Circa Amsterdam was the biggest aluminium dome in the world.
For a few years, the dome of Circa Amsterdam was the home of the original National Aviation Museum of Schiphol, which was built in 1971 in honour of their 50th anniversary. The collection of the aviation museum continued to grow, so after a while the dome became too small, and the museum moved. In 2004, the dome was deconstructed.
The dome was stored in 29 sea containers for a long time, until it was decided to turn the dome into an event location. The dome was built again according to the original design, just with modern resources and techniques. The look and sustainability of the dome also received a 21st-century upgrade.
Circa Amsterdam; a huge dome that was once deconstructed and reconstructed with the original materials. How sustainable is that. Just wait until you see the dome from the inside, with all its perfectly aligned materials. Are you curious what makes the inside of the building so sustainable?
- High isolation: EPC of 0.98% (EPC is the level of energy efficiency), Circa Amsterdam has energy label A+++;
- All the lights in the building are LED;
- Scrap wood ceilings;
- Reused toilet bowls;
- All walls are made of recycled plaster;
- The walls of the sub spaces are papered with recycled wallpaper;
- The fronts of the bars are made of the material of the containers in which the dome was stored;
- The floor is made of 75% recycled materials;
- The facades and floors of a couple of areas were acquired from the tax authority in Hoofddorp;
- Thermal storage installation for cooling and heating the building;
- If necessary, district heating is used. So no gas is required.