I have been Continuing in the exploration of Geodesic Domes. I have been applying present day building methods, hardware and manufacturing processes, while incorporating a more “sustainable” Design/Build Philosophy.
It has come to my attention that Geodesic geometry is the solution and design science revolution that everyone has been looking for. Super "Green" Structurally superior, streamlined for simple manufacturing techniques.
"The Emergency Shelter Disaster relief solution"
WHY ARE WE STILL BUILDING BOXES !??
Beautiful Possibilities Await :)
3 season SHELTER DOME FABRICATION
SUN ONE FARM BETHLEHEM , CT 2012
This is The Tiny Dome I built with my wife in featured in this video. I build the 14' 2V out of the fallen Beach tree that was about ten feet away from where this dome was built. The ( framimg) assembly process took one day, and one day to prepare the struts. The shingle took a week:) Installed windows and door, skylight , and vent and it was good to go.
I cut true 2x4 timbers, plywood,a sticky waterproofing layer, then Lots of cedar shingles. The frame took one day to cut, cut 26 aluminum rings 3" dia , * put a 12 degree cut on the outside edge of each framing strut, two passes on the table saw will change the profile from a square to a pyramid, its for the ply wood to rest on , two planes, from one triangle panel to the next. then figuring out a pattern of attaching the shingles was an organic process, but once you get the hang of it, all goes quicker. There is a Star window in the top, with 1/4" plexi , attached with super pro double sided foam tape, stuck on place for air seal, then silicone on the outer edge for waterproofing. Oh also metal flashing was nailed over all upper plywood seams, before shingles.
Although I'm not mentioned in the video it fills me with hope that I will be have the opportunity to build MORE. The reward for me, is that it inspires all who visit it and I that I have left behind an organic living structure for all to enjoy.
Every Dome Project is highly unique, and I look forward to Meeting yours.
GEODESIC Shelters and greenhouses
DESIGN & FABRICATION Joe La Rose Westminster, VT
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BUCKY BALL SHAPED GREEN HOUSE 2014
Below is the Geodesic greenhouse built in Wolcott, CT It uses Cedar 2x4's and triple wall polycarbonate. It is 13.5 feet wide at the base and 7 feet tall in the center. It is sealed for the winter growing season and will have vents added in the spring to help control temperature and allow insects to pollinate.
" Growing in Geodesic structures provides maximum sun exposure for you plants"