Dome Models

Paper dome models you can make to demonstrate the unique characteristics of geodesic domes

Some notes about the dome models. There are two types of paper dome models linked here. The first type is made with triangle bands. These take more time and care to do right, but results are very nice. Requires gluing and some patience. I've put Escher patterns on the two of this type, the Octa-Dome and Tetra-Dome. Second type of dome model is the surface plane or faceted model.

Model plans for the other domes are all the second type.

Click on the dome image to go to page with model plans

Icosa Dome

Tetra Dome

Octa Dome

Dodeca Dome

Garden Dome 1

Garden Dome 2

Garden Dome 3 + Base Option

Star Dome 1-A

Star Dome 2-C

Octa Dome 4



G.D. 3 + Base Option, -X1

G.D. 3 Edge Zenith

G.D. 4 Short Version




Tetra 3 - HZ

The layout plan for making the Icosa - Dodeca Dome model. >>Click for instructions and details

Models are best done with thick colored paper, pastels work well. You  may enlarge or reduce the models to scale, and use them as a visualization tool and examples of domes we sell.

The dome models are useful for deciding what type of dome will best suit your purpose, in helping with assembly of life size domes, and with counting and identifying hub and strut types for construction planning.

The scaled down paper domes can also be used in architectural plans. We can do special case dome models and layout  patterns for cutting cover panels or fabric/canvas for any dome covering.

This 3 ft hub-strut model was used for a proof-of-concept demonstration. See Garden Dome 4 for more details.

I  made a spherical triangle model of the octa-tetra geodesic, using 8 CDs cut up and hot-melt glued together. One way to make use of  those "1,000 free hours".

Spherical Triangles

We recently made model plans of the five Platonic solids that are the basis or lowest common denominator of all geodesic domes.
The five platonic solids are:

Model photos:
Tetra - Dome
Garden Dome 3-X1 with Base Option
Garden Dome 3-X1 Edge Zenith
Garden Dome 4 shortened version
Star Dome 1-A
RCO simplified version
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