Design of the building

Amsterdome is the first so-called geodesic dome in Europe and for a long time the largest in the world, was designed in 1967 by the American architect Richard Buckminster Fuller.

The geodesic dome is regarded as the strongest possible spatial construction form. The bigger you make the ball, the stronger it becomes. The great strength of the dome is that it is both lightweight and self-supporting. So no pillars on supports are needed in the dome. The great breakthrough of Buckminster Fuller followed during the Montreal World Expo in 1967, where he presented his concept. After that tens of thousands of such domes were built around the world.


Construction at Amsterdam - Schiphol

In 1966, KLM and Fokker decided to jointly establish Amsterdome at Schiphol Center on the occasion of their 50-year jubilee and to transfer it to the National Aviation Museum Foundation.

Architect E.A. Riphagen opted for a futuristic dome as an eye-catcher. In 1971 the Netherlands had the scoop and the building was built, the first geodesic dome in Europe. For a long time, Amsterdome was also the largest aluminum dome in the world.

The entire construction was made in the United States and then shipped to Amsterdam. The more than 1,100 lozenge-shaped aluminum sheets were put together one by one. The construction of the Aviodome was spectacular and was followed closely by the media. Amsterdome has a height of 24 meters and a wingspan of no less than 60 meters. In 1971, the museum opened its doors.

Approximately 3.8 million guilders were involved in the construction, mainly financed by KLM, Fokker and the Dutch government.


Amsterdome as a decor for the aviation museum

The largest part of the aircrafts in the collection of the National Aviation Museum was displayed. From the very first day, Amsterdome was an icon. In the eyes of architects, builders and the general public.

Millions of Dutch people have been in the museum. A permanent exhibition gave a clear picture of the development of aerospace in the Netherlands.


Breaking down the building

The collection of the aviation museum continued to grow, so that over time Amsterdome became too small to show the whole collection. In 2003, the museum moved to Lelystad Airport. Amsterdome was empty at that moment. Demolition threatened the building, until a buyer bought the dome at the last moment. This saved the iconic building. In 2004, the building was completely disassembled.


Rebuilding of Amsterdome

For a long time Amsterdome was stored in 29 sea containers until it was rediscovered. Amsterdome was rebuilt according to the original design, but using modern tools and techniques. In addition, the building was upgraded to 21-century standards in terms of appearance and durability. Amsterdome is now a sustainable location for conferences and events. The event location opened the doors in November 2018.

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