Dome at 736 Olivant Place

Submitted by Yin on Mon, 01/07/2013 - 21:05
Architect Name: 
Fuller, Buckminster / Joseph Yacoboni
East - Lincoln & Larimer


Lincoln-Lemington neighborhood, 736 Olivant Pl.
United States
40° 28' 21.2988" N, 79° 54' 7.7544" W

Of all the modernist styles of architecture the 1960s ushered in, perhaps none was more revolutionary, or peculiar looking, than the geodesic dome. Popularized by architect/engineer/mathematician R. Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983) in the late 1940s as a possible solution for the world's post-war housing shortages, domes embraced Fuller's theories of "energetic-synergetic geometry," a discipline that used geometry to create structural systems that provide maximum strength with minimum material. Fuller famously predicted that a million domes would be built by the mid-1980s. But that dream never was realized. Many of those domes were built as greenhouses, storage sheds or tourist attractions, like the 165-foot diameter sphere at Walt Disney World's Epcot Center in Orlando. That's why the two-bedroom geodesic dome at 736 Olivant Place (MLS No. 805310) in Pittsburgh's Lincoln-Lemington neighborhood is so unusual. Pittsburgh has just a handful of these ball-shaped houses, so you rarely see one on the market.

Taken by Michael Henninger/post-Gazette
Dome at 736 Olivant Place
The circular windows are featured all around the home.Taken by Michael Henninger/post-Gazette
Taken by Michael Henninger/post-Gazette
bright-red walls, black wood cabinetry and a vintage black-and-white checkered linoleum floor.Taken by Michael Henninger


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