50 Year Old Buckminster Fuller Project Gets a $7 Million Upgrade

by , 11/08/11
filed under: Architecture, News

Bucky Fuller, Buckminster Fuller, geodesic dome, Terence Kelly, ASM Interntional, historical register, historic building, building preservation, tax breaks, national park service, original materials, green design, sustainable design, eco-design, sustainable development, Ohio, Cleveland, Dimit Architects, Scott Pease, Pease Photography

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!

+ Dimit Architects

Via Metropolis Magazine

All images courtesy of Scott at Pease Photography

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  1. Katrina Howard Fairley November 8, 2011 at 11:38 am

    Bucky Fuller patented the geometry for geodesic domes. He did not design the ASM geodesic dome. TC Howard of Synergetics, Inc. in Raleigh, NC designed the ASM Dome. Other famous domes designed by TC Howard are the Climatron, The Queens Zoo Aviary, and his largest The Poliedro de Caracas.. TC Howard designed the ASM dome for John T. Kelly in 1958. ASM’s website is WRONG!
    -TC Howard’s daughter

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