We've Got Answers-Goedesic Dome Home
One of Wilton’s only, and possibly the only, geodesic dome home, built in 1974, was inspired by the visionary inventor, humanitarian, and artist Buckminster (“Bucky”) Fuller. The homeowner, who had attended a college where Fuller taught, was fascinated by his work, particularly his geodesic dome structures. Fuller developed the geodesic dome home as his solution to enable more people to have access to affordable, efficient, and comfortable housing. His design is based on the triangle, which he realized was stronger and structurally more stable than the conventional rectangular building components. According to the Buckminster Fuller Institute, “Geodesic domes enclose more space without intrusive supporting columns than any other structure; they efficiently distribute stress; they can withstand extremely harsh conditions … and are the most efficient interior atmospheres for human dwellings because air and energy are allowed to circulate without obstruction.”
“The owner gave me two criteria,” recalls architect John Kenney, who designed the home. “One, to create a structure that would have a clear span so the interior would receive plenty of natural light, and two, that it would be mathematically correct based on Fuller’s principles.” Once Kenney completed the design, he, the owner, and the owner’s friends collaborated on the construction of the house. It sits on a stone foundation on over 4½ wooded acres in North Wilton, and has over 3,600 square feet of interior living space. The rooms on all three floors radiate from a center corkscrew staircase. Every room has curved walls and triangular windows. These windows, and the large open atrium, provide abundant natural light and views of the surrounding property. Now for sale by the original owner, it stands as a piece of architectural history.