A geodesic dome is a spherical or partially spherical shell structure or lattice shell based on a network of great circles (geodesics) on the surface of a sphere. The term geodesic is from Latin, meaning earth dividing. A geodesic line is the shortest distance between any two points on a sphere. The idea of combining triangles with the arch was pioneered by German engineer, Dr. Walther Bauersfeld, when he designed the world’s first projection planetarium, built in Jena, Germany in 1922. However, it was Buckminster Fuller (“Bucky”) who conceived the concept of geodesic dome homes .Here are listed five Geodesic dome houses:. Fuller’s first patent for a geodesic dome was issued in 1954.
Here are listed five Geodesic dome houses:
Bucky Dome: Daddy of all geodesic dome homes
50 years earlier Buckminster Fuller, Bucky, had built a dome house that was known as Bucky Dome later. This dome was made out of plywood. It was meant to be a cheap and easy to build project. The estimated time to build this dome was only seven hours. In later years, there came up many domes built on Bucky’s dome principle. “Buck Dome” is now been given a new life with a recent receiving of Save America’s Treasures award of $125,000. Today Bucky Dome is in a bad condition with molds inside and wood prone to water damages though attempts are been made for Bucky dome’s survival.
LAVA Geodesic Dome Home
Inspired by nature’s efficiencies, like coral, cells and bubbles, LAVA’s Geodesic Dome Homeis an environment where technology is invisibly integrated to satisfy every day needs. As the sun goes down, the home and the tropical garden turn into an electric experience, with a vein-like lighting system illuminating the space, plants and bubble enclosure. The home is set inside a geodesic sky dome made out of ETFE bubbles and will create a year-round microclimate for the gardens contained inside. A series of living zones are spread throughout the enclosure and surrounded by the gardens enjoying abundant day lighting, fresh air and a quiet repose away from the city noise. These are going to be expensive, but if you want a aluminum geodesic domes, they are likely to be affordable
Geodesic Earth Bag Homes
Earth Bag Homes are basically an initiative to convert the idea of simple geodesic’s expansion to a “life pod”. This would recycle water and produce its own food. The designs of earth bag homes are very contemporary, comfortable and self sustainable. It is simple and also supports its expansion.
Dome House rotates to get the most out of the sun
Patrick Marsilli, the designer of this dome house, calls it Solaleya Dome House. It is designed to provide a solution to the increasing demand for electricity and sustainability. The entire house can rotate to provide optimal use of the solar panels. These panels are lined on roof which is adjusted as required. The harnessed solar energy makes the dome efficient enough to provide power as and when needed. The aerodynamic structured dome makes itself safe enough to withstand high speed winds and earthquakes measuring eight on Richter scale. The reason behind making of these domes is that these can be quickly constructed and so does Solaleya Dome. This can be constructed within three months.
The Dome House by Shawn Hausman and Jessica Kimberley
The Dome House was designed by Shawn Hausman and Jessica Kimberley, located in a mountain outside Ojai, California. It is perched on a wood deck using concrete footings for support. The geodesic dome perched high atop a mountain outside Ojai is constructed of powder-coated conduit with a stretched membrane of rubberized canvas. The dome is a perfect half-sphere, 44 feet in diameter and 22 feet high. A 16-by-30-foot picture window of clear marine acrylic provides dramatic views of the Topa Topa Mountains.