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Welcome to the world of Geodesic Domes

I n t r o d u c t i o n

We hope you have an enjoyable experience visiting our web pages, absorb new information and receive inspiration for building your own geodesic dome.
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We manufacture several types of geodesic structures and have the largest selection of dome types and sizes available with many new, exclusive designs.
1. Conventional geodesic domes are a hub-strut system that makes a frame structure. We use standard lumber sizes and our Patented connection system. We manufacture and sell complete “Frame Kits” as well as “Connector Kits” of dome assembling hardware.
2. Conventional geodesic domes made from steel tubes- thin wall conduit. Tube sizes are typically from 1/2″ to 2″ diameter. These domes are best constructed without using connectors or “hubs”. Tube ends are flattened, bent to required angles, and holes made for fasteners. The tube ends are stacked on a bolt to make the connection. We grind rough areas smooth and paint machined bare metal areas with a rust preventive paint.
3. Unconventional domes are new dome designs developed by gardendome.com They are new versions of conventional domes, and domes based on polyhedra other than conventional icosahedral and octahedral domes. Examples are the Star Domes, Garden Dome 3-X1, Dodeca-Dome, etc. Our Patented construction connector makes new designs possible for hub-strut domes. These designs have also been applied to to the steel tube domes. Example- a Star Dome 2-C, 20 ft. 2 x 4 dome frame.

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4. Geodesic spheres are ornamental sphere sculptures. Steel tubes are the best construction material for this type.Example- Star Dome spheres made from 3/4″ steel tubes.

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5. Other dome types- double domes, diamond truss domes, elliptical domes, new polyhedral dome types. Various construction materials such as aluminum and rebar, and different construction methods. Includes custom design work to meet specific requirements.

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An Introduction to Geodesic Principles

A triangle makes a rigid structure and it is the most basic system of structural stability. When pressure is applied to a geodesic triangle, the force is distributed to the edges and vertices. This premise does not hold true for a rectilinear or square structure. This is why geodesic domes are so sturdy. Force is distributed along the struts to the hub cylinders and adjacent struts. Compression and tension energy is equalized creating a unified system. A completed dome stands as a single unit, light and strong; aerodynamic and able to endure high winds and earthquakes better than a conventional structure. Because of the spherical shape, domes enclose more space using less materials than a square building. Spherical shapes based on regular polygons (equal edges and surfaces) make up geodesic domes. They are the geometric division of space very similar to what is found in the natural world, as in atomic structure, crystals, flowers and seed pods, eyes and eggs, raindrops, bubbles and snowflakes. Have you ever wondered why planets and baseballs are spherical, as well as oranges and grapes, hailstones and carbon atoms? It is because roundness is nature’s system of simplicity and efficiency. We have used the five regular polyhedra and several of the semi-regular polyhedra to create our dome designs:

  • Tetrahedron: Tetra Dome, Tetra Dome 2 HZ, Tetra Dome 3 HZ
  • Hexahedron (Cube): Tetra Dome, Truncated Cube
  • Octahedron: Octa Dome, Octa Dome 2, 3, 4 etc.
  • Icosahedron: Icosa Dome, Bucky-Ball, Garden Dome 1, 2, 3 etc.
  • Dodecahedron: Dodeca Dome, Star Dome 2
  • Icosa – Dodecahedron: Star Dome 1
  • Cube-octahedron: Cube – Octa Dome
  • Rhombic – cube – octa: Rhombi – Cube – Octa (RCO) Dome

View Platonic and Archimedean Solids which can all be used as geometry models for useful and practical life size structures.
Applications include: garden rooms or hothouse/greenhouse, playrooms, workshops, art, music, pottery studios, arbors, self-contained wildscapes/waterscapes/desertscapes, pool covers, gazebos, garages, homes, cabins, emergency shelters, etc.

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Reunion Tower

The Tower is part of the Hyatt Regency Hotel and an outdoor observatory platform and ...

Caravan of Dreams

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Climatron

More on conservatories including the Missouri Botanic Gardens where the Climatron is located:

Casa Mañana

Casa Mañana the “House of Tomorrow” was the first theater in the round.Located near the ...

Epcot

This wonderful dome is nearly a complete sphere. At Disney’s Epcot, Orlando Florida

Church

Church dome complex near Waxahatchie, Texas, just south of Dallas

Dome Dog

“Definitely a Boojum”

Link- McDonald Observatory HET

Link-  McDonald Observatory HET

Biosphere 2

This section of the Biophere 2 in Oracle, Arizona (near Tucson) houses the library and ...

Hart and Wenninger

Father Magnus Wenninger and George Hart at the International Society for the Arts, Mathematics, and ...

Reunion Tower, Dealy Plaza

Looking out from the Reunion Tower Observation Deck (Dallas) through the protective fence,you can see ...

Mini Dome

2.5 ft. diameter model of the “Garden Dome 1″ icosa design. Struts are 1″ x ...