This dome-shaped building with an impression of a of fly‘s eye covering it was a American Neo-Futuristic architect‘s Buckminster Fuller‘s idea and have an honor to be installed just at the most artistic district of Miami.
Richard Buckminster Fuller first design and patented it in 1965 with an idea for low-cost portable housing of the future and before his death in 1983 he produced the three prototypes of it. Each comprises a series of transparent domed windows across a fiberglass partial sphere, creating a geodesic bubble.
Architect‘s main idea at these times was that the building could house solar panels and water collection systems in some of its openings, offering ad entirely self-sufficient residence.
In 2011 Miami design District creator Craig Robins acquired one of Fuller‘s three domes. And a year later, the Buckminster Fuller Institute challenge themselves to recreate it using materials and technology not available to the architect during his lifetime.
DRDesign, Conform labs and Goetz Composites created a 3D parametric model from the original parts, then used a five-axis CNC machine to produce a series of engineered components. The structure features a redesigned lower truncation, a new joining system that prevents water penetration and a passive ventilation system.
The Fly‘s Eye Dome now is situated in front of Sou Fujimoto‘s almost-complete Palm Court shopping centre at 140 NE 39th Street and with its spiral staircase the Dome connects the courtyard with an underground car park directly beneath.
In the exhibition called Architecting the Future in 2011, it was compared the environmentally-driven work of Fuller and the British architect. Foster discusses the significance of the Fly‘s Dome and Fuller‘s Dymaxion Car in a movie filmed at the exhibition.
So walking though Miami design district is important not to miss this architectural treasure, maybe even take stairs down and fill the Dome atmosphere from an inside. And in case you want to see almost identical twin of Fly‘s eye Dome, now you can find it right at the Perez Art Museum Miami.