A unique space suitable for a multitude of uses, Timothy Oulton’s spectacular Halodome is a pre-fabricated timber building that can be packed into a container and shipped anywhere in the world. From order to loading the timeframe is just 20 weeks, and once delivered the shell can be assembled in a mere few days. The first Halodomes have now been constructed in Denmark, with a forthcoming project in Ireland.
The Halodome prototype was built in southern China, as the central meeting place in a special village created for Timothy Oulton’s designers and visitors. Known as the Dome Home, it is the first domestic building in China to achieve Passivhaus accreditation. The Halodome has complete flexibility of use, from luxury living accommodation to a showroom, gym, nursery, cafe or whatever else you may require. The entire timber structure is prefabricated at the Timothy Oulton workshops.
Two domes were recently commissioned by Danish company the Witt Group, who were looking for a unique setting to showcase their products. The Witt Group specialise in white goods and domestic appliances and share Timothy Oulton’s innovative approach and quality-driven ethos. The domes were built in a beautiful snow-filled lakeside location in Herning, Denmark, and as part of the build service, thermal modelling was conducted. The domes were specifically designed to achieve 2020 Danish standards (similar to the German Passivhaus standard). This required additional insulation in the panels and triple glazed windows and doors, sourced from Europe.
The Halodome design uses a high level of airtightness and insulation to achieve its ultra-low energy consumption. Doors and windows are preinstalled into the finished panels and can be positioned in various configurations to suit the location and orientation of the building. The interior has been meticulously thought out. The shell is completely self-supporting, free from columns or pillars. Only the striking central staircase anchors the space, winding around to the mezzanine level.
Another forthcoming project will see the Halodome feature as the centrepiece of a 5 star spa complex in Ireland. This month, the Halodome exhibited for the first time at Ecobuild; the leading UK exhibition and conference for the construction and energy market, which showcases new ideas and innovative products.
For more information on the Halodome visit http://www.halodome.net.