Great Dome v1

(MIT's Great Dome / Building 10)

DesignedApr 2013
Crease PatternYes
DiagramsNo
InspirationReference - Great Dome v1

This model represents Building 10 on the MIT campus, atop which MIT's iconic Great Dome sits. This Great Dome is one of the most recognizable architectural elements of the MIT campus, and I walked under it very often during my time as an undergraduate student at MIT.

When designing this model, there were several features that I was careful to include: exactly 10 columns, the combined front columns and steps, the building's unique T-shape, the multi-level character and roundness of the real dome, and proportions faithful to the real building. Out of all of these, the columns were the most difficult to reproduce, and part of the design requires shifting all of the columns so that they would be centered in the model. I also put effort into distributing the layers of paper to increase stability and reduce unwanted bulk in noticeable places, such as the dome. The model uses a 52 x 52 starting grid. Since the paper is thin, you can see the light shining through when illuminated from within.