Dymaxion
House

Take a personal tour through R. Buckminster Fuller’s aluminum “house of the future” and discover how it might have changed the way we live.

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Highlights

Ventilator

Downdraft ventilation reduces dust

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Ventilator

A ventilator on the top of the Dymaxion House allows fresh air in, but keeps the wind out. This was designed to cut down on heating costs in the winter and cooling costs in the summer.

As Buckminster Fuller put it, “A complete air change every six minutes.” The ventilator is also built strong: able to withstand winds up to hurricane force and beyond – up to 180 miles per hour!  On the top of the structure is this box that turns to maximize airflow and keep the structure well ventilated.

 

Revolving Closets

Space-saving wardrobe units

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Revolving Closets

To maximize storage space, the closets and shelves in the Dymaxion House are hidden away but easily accessible. Automated revolving closets efficiently stored coat and shoe racks. O-volving shelves held rotating bins that displayed clothing with the push of a button.

 

Ceiling Ventilation

A spinning rooftop frame

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Ceiling Ventilation

The rooftop ventilator system rotates to exhale hot air or pull in fresh air. With just a slight push, the ventilator spins quietly.

 

Gallery Kitchen

Featuring built-in appliances

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Gallery Kitchen

The all-steel kitchen in the Dymaxion House is a long, thin gallery with built-in appliances and a fir plywood floor.

 

Central Mast

Supported the entire structure

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Central Mast

The Dymaxion House uses tension suspension from a central mast, which appears in every room. Here, in the livingroom, it appears above the stainless steel fireplace.

 

Dymaxion House

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Artifact

House

Date Made

1945

Summary

Buckminster Fuller was a multi-disciplinary designer. This house, his re-thinking of human shelter, was rooted in Fuller's understanding of industrial production -- particularly methods developed in the automobile industry and especially those advocated by Henry Ford for whom Fuller had immense admiration. More an engineering solution than a home, the structure was prototyped but never produced.

Object ID

91.401.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of the William L. & Marjorie M. Graham Family, Wichita, Kansas

Dymaxion House
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Dymaxion House

Dymaxion House

The circular house was designed to be easily transportable and shipped in a metal tube.  

Resource-Efficient Dome Design

The round form encloses more space with less material than a square structure, using the "more with less" principle.  

Revolving Closets

Rotating doors spin clothes and shoes into view.