Domes Village – New Clark City

Project Summary

The Domes Village is a series of four dome-like structures linked by suspended bridges, and located in the River Park in New Clark City, Philippines. 

Both a large-scale outdoor art installation to be visited and a playground to be explored, it forms an interactive site of creativity and play for both children and grownups.

The domes are made out of the reclaimed, dug up hardwood of historical houses that were interred during the disastrous eruption of Mount Pinatubo, a nearby volcano that erupted violently in 1991. 

Using skilled carpentry, combined with custom-made and computer-machined steel connections, and designed using parametric modelling, it is a marriage between vernacular forms and high-tech precision.

The Domes Village consists of four structures connected by three consecutive hanging bridges, occupying an area of 50 by 70 metres. The structures are circular or spherical in design, and referred to as “domes” for that reason. 

The architecture between the domes varies, and refers to natural or mathematical forms: the ‘coral’ dome, the ‘natural’ dome, the ‘mangrove’ dome, and the ‘geodesic’ dome. 

The suspended bridges connect the domes, creating a raised path of 90 metres in length to follow along the entire installation. The bridges, spanning between 12.4 and 28.2 metres, are made from steel wire rope and reclaimed timber boards.

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