6 Incredible Dome Homes

Dome, Sweet Dome

Contrary to popular belief, geodesic dome structures were not invented by legendary American engineer and futurist R. Buckminster Fuller. The first geodesic style dome was built by a German engineer named Walther Bauersfeld in 1926. It was Fuller, however, who gave the wacky spherical structure the name “geodesic” in the late 1940s. As a result, his name and legacy is associated with the oft-misunderstood structure. According to the Monolithic Dome Institute, dome buildings use 50% less energy per square foot than a conventionally-built building. Due in large part to their energy saving features, geodesic dome homes gained a modicum of popularity in the '70s and '80s. But despite their eco-friendly features and ability to withstand hurricane force winds, geodesic dome homes remain the architectural oddities of an almost cult-like following. Photo Credit: