Victoria Square’s glass pimple is a sun trap. And to cope with the couple of days a year when Belfast is blessed with good weather, the designers did incorporate windows that open when the temperature goes above 19 degrees, and a sun blind (“solar shade”) that moves around the dome, tracking the sun.
Hugh Black, Victoria Square’s manager told the BBC:
“However, due to the higher than usual temperatures on Saturday, these were not enough to reduce the humidity in this particular area.”
The dome was closed to the public as temperatures soared to 30 degrees.
As a result, Victoria Square are now seeking other ways to keep the dome and the viewing gallery at more manageable temperatures.
Maybe NIE will sort them out with solar panels linked to giant air conditioning units!