Cladding is more than just a protective skin on the exterior of a building. With the right design and construction, it can add a breathtaking architectural element to a structure. For instance, glass cladding not only lets the outdoors in but can do so in striking ways that are far from predictable. Opaque, textured or clear features on a wall or ceiling can infuse a space with nature, art, or both.
At Geometrica, we have provided structures for sports venues, convention centers, houses of worship, offices, and industry for 25 years. Have you ever heard of the saying “Time flies when you’re having fun”? It seems like it was only yesterday when we installed our first dome.
We’ve used concrete for millennia. The basic ingredients - stone, a burnt mineral binders, and water - have been mixed since antiquity. The Romans used it to create such wonders as the Pantheon in Rome, with its 43m diameter concrete dome. Today, concrete is one of the most widely used materials on the planet - some say second only to water. As a result, the cement industry has an enormous impact on the environment. Quality requirements and environmental consciousness now demand that raw and processed materials are stored under cover.
A single storage dome is an achievement. What if more than one dome is required? Many industries often require multiple solutions to cover a wide range of inventories and equipment. For 25 years, Geometrica has covered stockpiles under some of the harshest conditions, remote locations and uneven terrains.
Another eco-friendly Geometrica dome is near the city of Toledo. Coal will be stored under cover at the new power plant built for Therma Visayas. This circular dome spans 125m diameter and covers an area of 11,500m2.
Looking back at the past, there are many vintage technologies that we no longer use - telex machines, analog telephones, cassette tapes and floppy disc.
Uncovered coal stockpiles may now become history too.
Freedome® technology moves the task of covering stockpiles into the next generation.
Our work on a landmark project in Malta is complete. DTR architects of Malta dramatically transformed a former naval hospital, unused for many years, into a stunning learning facility. Like a soft cloth, the Geometrica structure nests a planetarium sphere in the center.
Covering the plant presented a challenge. Following several expansions, the main area encompassed more than 5000m2 in an irregular shape. The solution? A Freedome® - Geometrica’s free-style dome.
Here's a short video with Architect Percy Diaz, Coemin's Projects Manager, talking about his plant's Freedome.