a. Description

University of
Minnesota,
School of
Architecture,
Dome Project,
Winter-Spring
Quarter

R. BUCKMINSTER
FULLER
(1953):

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The Artifacts of
R. Buckminster Fuller:
a Comprehensive
Collection of his
Designs and Drawings,
James Ward, ed.,
Garland, New York,
(1984)

The Fuller dome at the University of Minnesota was relatively large for an academic experiment, comprising ten wooden subdivisions. All wooden components were color coded according to their dimension in thsi first realization of an idea that dates to 1951.

Fuller, R. Buckminster, The artifacts of R. Buckminster Fuller: a Comprehensive Collection of His Designs and Drawings, James Ward, ed., Garland, New York, 1984

Dome which results from the subdivision of a half sphere into ten diamond shaped areas. Each of the resulting diamonds is assembled by a number of curved trusses, standardized into three variations, each of which further standardizes and color codes each of the stringers that make up the vertical section of the truss.

The trusses are kept braced in tension through an additional set of cables, lacing, running diagonally to provide rigidity to each of the ten curved diamond sections.