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

Posted By Tafline Laylin On November 8, 2011 @ 6:50 pm In Architecture,News | 1 Comment

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 [1] in Columbus and the National Park Service [2] in Washington, D.C. were responsible for making sure that Dimit Architects [3] – who were brought on board to mostly service the interior furnishings – preserved all of the original building materials [4] 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 [3]

Via Metropolis Magazine [5]

All images courtesy of Scott at Pease Photography [6]

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URLs in this post:

[1] Ohio Historic Preservation Office: http://www.ohiohistory.org/resource/histpres/

[2] National Park Service: http://www.nps.gov/index.htm

[3] Dimit Architects: http://www.dimitarchitects.com/

[4] original building materials: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Building_material

[5] Metropolis Magazine: http://www.metropolismag.com/story/20111018/a-second-chance

[6] Pease Photography: http://www.peasephotography.com/

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