Anything that has a Buckminster Fuller stamp on it gets our attention, so when we learned that ASM International's headquarters in Russell Township received a $7 million upgrade, we had to tune in. Metropolis magazine reported that when Terence Kelly's original crescent-shaped building, which was complemented by Bucky Fuller's largest dome, turned 50 in 2009, it became eligible for a National Register of Historic Places listing and $2.5 million in tax credits. So ASM decided to take advantage of the government's tax break by giving the building at least another 50 years of life! Scott Pease sent us a set of beautiful images of Bucky Fuller's dome and the newly-renovated headquarters, available for your viewing pleasure right after the jump!
The Ohio Historic Preservation Office in Columbus and the National Park Service in Washington, D.C. were responsible for making sure that Dimit Architects – who were brought on board to mostly service the interior furnishings – preserved all of the original building materials and retain the project’s historic integrity. According to Metropolis, these included copper fin-tub radiators, a large single pane of plate glass, and open tread stainless steel stairways.
The geodesic dome – possibly the largest in the world at 250 feet in diameter – has undergone previous tuneups and was therefore left untouched during this renovation. But it remains structurally sound, and gives the offices its undeniably rich visual presence!
All images courtesy of Scott at Pease Photography