For almost a decade, the timber-rich Tacoma Dome in Washington, USA stood as the world’s largest wooden dome.
Designed by architects McGranahan and Messenger, the Tacoma Dome indoor arena opened its doors in 1983 at a cost of $44-million. Measuring at 160m in diameter and 46m tall, the dome can seat 23,000.
Having formerly held the title as the world’s largest wooden dome, the Tacoma Dome was overtaken in 1991 by the Superior Dome in Marquette, Michigan.
Covering a sports stadium located on the campus of Northern Michigan University, the 14-storey Superior Dome is a larger-diameter geodesic dome at 163m but is 44m high and seats a maximum of 16,000. The structure features 781 Douglas Fir beams and over 170km of fir decking.
The Tacoma Dome is regarded as the largest arena with a wooden dome in the world when measured by volume.