The Geodesic Greenhouse Dome Structure: Pioneering the Future of the Urban Family Homestead

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I invented a way of enclosing space with what’s called a geodesic dome, which is very much stronger and more efficient than other ways of enclosing space.” — Buckminster Fuller, father of the modern geodesic dome.

Benefits of Geodesic Greenhouse Structures
One of the primary benefits that geodesic dome structures offer the urban family homestead is an extended growing season in climates that are less moderate than that of Southern California. Regions that experience more dramatic drops in winter and extreme heat in the summer find that geodesic greenhouses can extend their growing season, as well as provide many other benefits.

The spaciousness of the greenhouse dome’s interior structure offers limitless design possibilities from raised bed gardens to vertical growing towers.  Its circular design encloses the greatest volume of interior space with the least amount of surface area.

Geodesic Greenhouse Structural Strength
Geodesic Domes are composed of inter-connected triangles that give them unparalleled structural strength. Buckminster ‘Bucky’ Fuller, father of the modern geodesic dome, demonstrated the difference in strength between a rectangle and a triangle by applying pressure to both structures. The triangle proved to be twice as strong and remained rigid, while the unstable rectangle collapsed.

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The airflow and round space of this 30′ green house dome makes a magnificent space for growing anything under the sun.

The American Institute of Architects calls the geodesic dome “the strongest, lightest and most efficient means of enclosing space known to man.” Pacific Domes’ prefab greenhouse kits are manufactured in the USA, using the highest engineering standards.

Energy Efficient and Cost Effective
Did you know that geodesic structures make great year-round greenhouses? A dome’s structure is one of the most efficient interior spaces because air and energy circulate without obstruction. This enables natural heating and cooling.

Specifically, a dome is energy efficient for the following reasons:

  • Its decreased surface area requires less building materials.
  • Exposure to cold in winter and heat in summer is decreased, due to less surface area per unit of volume.
  • The concave interior creates a natural airflow, allowing hot or cool air to flow evenly throughout the dome with the help of return air ducts.
  • Extreme wind turbulence is lessened because winds contributing to heat loss flow evenly around the dome.
  • It acts like a giant downward reflector that concentrates interior heat, preventing radiant heat loss.
  • Dome studies, comparing same-size traditional homes, have shown a 30% energy savings.
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These gardeners grow enough greens in their 24 ft. greenhouse dome to sell at their local weekly Farmers Market

Designing Your Greenhouse Dome
The world is suffering from loss of growing habitat, genetically modified seeds and global warming. Aquaponics empowers growers to stay ahead of climate change, making it the future of sustainable farming. An outdoor geodesic dome can house the system, and we enjoy maximum yields from little labor. It’s an ethical way to make healthy, quality food, affordable and profitable.”  ― Erik Oberholtzer, Tender Greens Restaurants

Designing and outfitting your dome begins with asking yourself what type of system works best for you. Modern technology has made it possible to install systems that are fairly self-regulating and require very little maintenance, such as an aquaponic or vertical tower system.

You may wish to explore the convenience of both a closed-loop aquaponics system and a grow tower system. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how much food you can continually harvest… you can grow enough pesticide-free organic produce for your entire family, friends and even share your abundance at a local Farmer’s Market! Look for these aquaponics and tower systems at your local garden center or grow shop.

Pacific Domes’ prefab greenhouse kits are available in various sizes, from backyard to commercial sizes.  The Pacific Domes sales and support teams are there to assist you every step of the way. Contact Our Sales Team for Greenhouse Dome pricing.

Urban Placemaking and the Community Food Garden
Organically grown and pesticide-free produce is fast becoming the preferred choice by educated consumers. While global hunger seems to be on the rise, urban family homesteads have the potential of rising to the challenge with the near-seamless efficiency of the outdoor geodesic greenhouse dome.

Inspirational! Homegrown Revolution – Urban Homestead
“In our society, growing food ourselves has become the most radical of acts. It is truly the only effective protest, one that can – and will – overturn the corporate powers that be. By the process of directly working in harmony with nature, we do the one thing most essential to change the world – we change ourselves.” ― Jules Dervaes, Urban Homestead (1947 – 2016)

Learn more about the Urban Homestead by watching this short award-winning film (15 min)