Giant dome made from 1,000 Hula Hoops and cable-ties

Man, this seems like a hell of a good use for a kilohulahoop and a box of zip-ties:

last fall, mass studies architecture studio created a temporary installation for the 25th anniversary of storefront for art and architecture gallery in new york city. the installation was created from about a thousand hula-hoops zip-tied together to form a massive dome structure.

now, storefront for art and architecture gallery has teamed up with abitare magazine to bring a new version of the ring dome to milan for the salone del mobile. this new dome will use 1,500 hula-hoops and 12,000 zip-ties and will be installed in the galleria vittorio emanuele shopping arcade in central milan. the installation will feature a series of events including a 100-minute dialogue between hans ulrich obrist, pierre paulin and rem koolhaas as well as a day's worth of domino-interviews with 50 participants, starting with naoto fukasawa, gaetano pesce and oliviero toscani.

Link (via Beyond the Beyond)


  1. 12,000 zip ties I can swing. It’s the 1,500 hoola-hoops I can’t do. Sigh, no techno/redneck geodesic pool cover this year.

  2. Patience, Kodos.

    Soon the humans will make a dome with so many hula-hoops and so many zip-ties that they will surely destroy themselves…

  3. hehe, okay, maybe it’s my fault for being British, but I was *so* expecting to see a dome made from the little KP snacks of the same name!


  4. Seems like hula-hoops created a massive disruption in the electromagnetic field that disabled both of the poster’s shift keys.

  5. Sure is a lot of plastic. I wonder if there’s a more earthy way to build one of these?

  6. @7
    My first thought too. The hula-hoops could be resold/given away/donated to kids charity, but the zip ties?

    wicker comes to mind, but it just doesnt have the appeal of the hula-hoop does it? I guess it’s the colour as well as the shape. Perhaps they could just use a different fastener.

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