Sometimes you just have to look back in order to get inspired to move forward! This idea rings true today, especially when it comes to off grid, sustainable, and energy efficient building design. Now, back in the 1960’s and 1970’s geodesic domes were popular designs among hippies, artists, futurists and others but their popularity faded in the 80’s and beyond.
That is until recently anyway, as they have seen a bit of a resurgence, especially among those who are looking for interesting design concepts that also make the most of natural light, and can be as energy efficient as possible.
Given that they can be made with a variety of materials, including glass, plexiglass, wood, and newer more cutting edge materials like carbon fiber, hempcrete, and more, they can be built on budgets that are often lower than a similar design a few decades ago.
By using more transparent or translucent materials, you can let in more natural light and the dome structure is one of the strongest shapes out there, which means they can also hold up to the elements and all manner of climates.
Even if you have no interest in living in one yourself, there are places that you can at least experience them for yourself before making a final decision, such as The Las Torres Eco-Dome camp, and you can also construct temporary campsites with geodesic dome tents and campers.
While they may not be for everyone, they are proving that not all ideas from the past have outlived their usefulness.