Berlin has a new creative ambassador in the form of the Berlin Design Dome. The dome was created to house the Made in Berlin exhibition at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan, a trade show for furniture and interior design. The dome, designed by Susanne Philippson and Zendome, was built to invoke Berlin’s television tower, a recognizable symbol from the city’s skyline. For a week in April, the structure housed works from several German creative firms, including Bjorn Meier, Ett la benn, Reuber Henning, and Flip Sellin.
In order to create the complex outer skin, fabricators plotted computer-animated sections with 2-D cutters and then welded them to make them watertight. The finished product is 14m across and 8m high, with the total height including an antenna reaching 18m.
Zendome worked with Berlin designers Hidden Fortress, System 180 and Coordination Berlin, as well as partnered with design initiative Create Berlin and the DMY International Design Festival Berlin 2008. The goal of the project was to highlight Berlin as an international and sustainable city of design.