Monday, March 30, 2009

The Domes in Milwaukee

I remember in architecture school in the late 70s, the geodesic dome was going to be one of the efficient marvels of modern structural design that saved the world from suffering and despair. Well, something like that. But in real life, a home or office with a round footprint cannot easily be divided into rooms and furniture does not easily fit into rooms with curved walls. I think we have pretty much given up on it as a feasible architectural concept, but for a conservatory, it sure is beautiful. I really love things that are beautiful because of their form, not requiring extraneous ornamentation. Boats, bicycles, and conservatories are a few examples of this beauty of form. It was a lovely place to be on a cold and very windy first day of 'spring break'.

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