Plywood Dome Will Serve as Church in Korea (Jan, 1958)

Plywood Dome Will Serve as Church in Korea
All the building materials for the igloo-shaped sanctuary in the photograph above could be carried in a large pickup truck. The 39-foot hemisphere, built from 134 sheets of 1/4-inch exterior-grade plywood, will be used as a church at Naju, South Korea. Using the geodesic-dome design of architect Buckminster Fuller, the building gets its strength from the geometric pattern of the 4 by 6-1/2 foot sheets of plywood on 2 by 2-inch ribbing. It was erected in 16 hours, left, with much of the work done by small boys. The building weighs 3500 pounds.

2 comments
  1. Andrew L. Ayers says: May 15, 20102:44 am

    I am pretty sure this is anything but a geodesic dome…

  2. Gary Davies says: July 5, 201010:48 am

    Yes, this is a true example of geodesic design. Typically, only the ubiquitous icosahedron style is expected. Here the geodesic structure is observed in the creases formed in the bent sheathing when it is bolted together at the calculated locations.

    The biggest advantages are the lack of waste materials and the ease and simplicity of construction.

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