You may have spotted the dome structure in the Montreal skyline during the Canadian Grand Prix in aerial shots of the back straight. Well, there is about to be a second one. New York-based studio Dror have designed a second dome concept to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Expo 67 (World’s Fair) which took place in Montréal, in 1967. 

The dynamic structure was derived after a tour of the island with the Buckminster Fuller institute to initiate a discussion around reinvigorating seasonally-used grounds. Parc Jean-Drapeau, which is next to Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, already has a reputation for hosting brilliant events during a Grand Prix weekend, but there is a desire to schedule further events in the park throughout the year.

The structure is set to sit next to Fuller’s iconic dome in an open area of the Parc Jean-Drapeau. Fuller’s dome was actually originally covered in transparent acrylic panels to maintain its internal temperature, but these burnt away during a fire in May 1976.

Largely influenced by Fuller, studio founder Dror Benshetrit suggests that the dome provides a companion to the american architect’s lonesome structure ‘interacting like the sun and the moon, our concept engages in a poetic dance with fuller’s design, realizing the park’s potential in a contemporary context,’ Benshetrit explains.


The proposed structure will be draped in a planted canopy which will provide a place for ‘reflection and gathering’. It’s actually set to be positioned directly in-view of the infamous ‘wall of champions’ – meaning the 150-meter-wide dome may help to calm disgruntled drivers whilst climbing from their cockpits after they have crashed…



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