Inside the overview effect dome

Overview Effect

Observing Earth from space makes us realize the fragility of our planet, as it appears as a solitary unit, floating among vast blackness. This experience is known as the"overview effect", and is common to inspire astronauts with a desire to protect our planet upon return. If only we could give everyone this experience, especially in light of climate change...

The Overview Effect simulates this feeling of seeing Earth from space.

The overview effect dome adorning the 'So Danish' exhibition at Danish Architecture Center with more traditional building exhibits in front.

Stepping into The Overview Effect, you transcend the Earth's atmosphere. The periphery of the dome maps the position of the stars visible from the Northern Hemispheres, allowing you a sense of elevation to space to experience how thin our life-sustaining atmosphere is.

The glowing curvature of the planet seen from space

I realized up there that our planet is not infinite. It’s fragile. That may not be obvious to a lot of folks, and it’s tough that people are fighting each other here on earth instead of trying to get together and live on this planet. We look pretty vulnerable in the darkness of space.

Alan Shepard. Astronaut, NASA

“What Does Moon Flight Mean Now”, The Seattle Times, 1994

His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark visiting the overview effect dome

H.R.H The Crown Prince inaugurated the permanent gallery 'So Danish!' at the Danish Architecture Center in Copenhagen, March 28, 2023. The Crown Prince opened the exhibition in his capacity as patron of UNESCO - UIA World Capital of Architecture 2023 in Copenhagen


The Overview Effect is exhibited as part of the Danish Architecture Center’s (DAC) first permanent exhibition on Danish architecture. The exhibition unfolds the history of Danish architecture from the Viking Age to the present day and gives you the opportunity to travel into architecture and understand how absolutely vital it is to our society.





Overview Effect is the final piece in the lineup of historical Danish architecture at the DAC exhibition, representing the future of architecture. Therefore, we used flax fiber and bio-resin to showcase a future of organic, regenerative, and carbon-neutral materials.

Phillippe inspecting a seam of the dome
Phillippe inspecting the top of the dome
One of the many triangles that make up the geodesic shape of the dome

From seed to fiber

We partnered with Bcomp, a leading flax fiber provider in Europe, and Gurit, a renowned producer of bio-resin, to realize The Overview Effect.

Flax is a naturally grown crop that can be spun into fibers for use in composite manufacturing. To construct using flax, the fibers are placed in a two-part mold and infused with bio-resin under a vacuum.