Bjarke Ingles Group (BIG) was tapped by the city of Uppsala, Sweden, to design a geodesic dome that will use biomass cogeneration to generate heat and electricity during winter months. According to Gizmodo, cogeneration burns biomass to produce energy and has recently grown in popularity in Europe and the U.S. due to its efficiency in generation energy.
The cogeneration plant will only be in operation during the winter months, when the energy is most needed. As a result, BIG designed the structure to be converted into a summertime attraction that can host shows, festivals, and music events.
Since the building won't be cogenerating energy during the summer, the geodesic facade will contain PV panels to generate electricity for off-season use.