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GROUPAAUKETT CHURCH TO GO WITH THE FLOW

Group A Aukett, a division of the newly merged Aukett Fitzroy Robinson, has drawn up plans to turn an abandoned Buckminster Fuller dome into the 'spiritual heart' of a new church in The Netherlands. The listed aluminium dome was originally home to the Museum of Aviation at Schiphol Airport, just outside Amsterdam. However, for the past two years, the dismantled geodesic sphere has been languishing in 16 sea-containers.

Now, the Living Evangelical Community, who bought the classic Modernist structure to save it from demolition, wants the dome to become the centre of a new 9,000m 2 church building. According to Lolke Ket, one of the masterminds behind the competition-winning design, the scheme takes its inspiration from the 'symbols of heaven and earth'. The practice hopes to incorporate all the building's other functions under a 'flowing' grass-roofed building, which will sit below the renovated dome, wrapping the church's main congregation area.

1. The flowing roof wraps around the Buckminster Fuller dome 2. A plan of the site, outside Amsterdam 3. The dome will be completely renovated 4. Front elevation 5. Side elevation 6. The original dome

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