Eden Project geodesic domes panorama

Panoramic view of the geodesic dome structures of the Eden Project by Jürgen Matern

Buckminster Fuller is credited for designing the geodesic dome. His life work aimed to solve important problems – one being housing. Check out his Dymaxion house. He worked to engineer the domes so that they would have continuous tension and discontinuous compression so that the interlocking icosahedrons (making up the shell structure) could be covered.

According to Wikipedia:

geodesic dome is a spherical or partial-spherical shell structure or lattice shell based on a network of great circles (geodesics) on the surface of asphere. The geodesics intersect to form triangular elements that have local triangular rigidity and also distribute the stress across the structure. When completed to form a complete sphere, it is a geodesic sphere. A dome is enclosed, unlike open geodesic structures such as playground climbers.

Geodesic Dome

Epcot Dome By: Keri Valentine
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