Step 3

Manufacturing the components

Exchanging views the team found a common work level with the model (scaled 1:10) and started making the components. Each of the metal corner connection was welded at the correct angle. The wooden beams were cut to the correct length and angles. Holes were drilled in the metal corner connections as well as in the wooden beams in order to connect them later with bolts.

One basic principle of Habibi Dome was to bring in the abilities of everyone. A teacher from Syria was member of the team and assisted planning as well as building the room with helpful suggestions. Now all participating people started sawing, drilling, screwing, welding, grinding with a lot of craftsmanship, with exactly the same motivation as they had designed and planned the room. Most participants were experts in one field, and some others, as all-rounders, tried to keep the overview of all tasks. Team members with a deep understanding for the materials and for statics made sure that the dome became stable enough. Every day the team made a common decision who among them could contribute most in which task:  cooking together for the whole group, internal organization and coordination of the process or getting the necessary materials.

The combination of digital and /analog production was a key. Stencils were made to weld every single corner connection in the correct angle. The components of the stencil were digitally drawn first and then laser cut in order to be able to fit them exactly into each other afterwards. Production methods using the latest technologies were combined with manual manufacturing methods such as sawing, filing and welding. Digital and analog production complemented one another. In addition they were compared, used purposefully and questioned.

Contact: Franziska Wirtensohn, Michael Wittmann