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Fly’s Eye Domes

Fully realized during the last few years of his life, these “autonomous dwellings” were the culmination of all his learning and experience, according to Fuller. The “fly’s eye” holes can be used as doors or outfitted with wind or solar power to create off-the-grid housing. The largest model, a 50-foot-high dome, debuted in LA in 1981 and was out-of-sight for decades before being restored and shown at the Toulouse International Art Festival last year. 

Photo by aaronbflickr, Creative Commons  Photo 8 of 9 in Design Icon: 8 Works by Buckminster Fuller