Fly's Eye Dome™ Restoration, Development and Commissions

"Since 1977 was the fifty-year target date, I began the prototyping of my Fly's Eye dome™, which embodied design attention to all that I had learned not only throughout that fifty-year development period but in all my thirty-two earlier years." - R. Buckminster Fuller


Buckminster Fuller conceived of the Fly's Eye dome™ as an autonomous dwelling structure, that could rely on its structural properties, materials and design to achieve maximum environmental controls, utilize renewable energy and withstand extreme conditions. The design is light-weight and can be rapidly assembled or disassembled, while having enough space to provide shelter to a family or even as emergency housing in the case of natural disasters.


For several years, BFI has actively worked on the restoration of the only two original prototypes of the Fly's Eye domes™ made during Fuller's lifetime. The two domes, the smaller measuring 24 ft. in diameter and the larger measuring 50 ft. in diameter, had been largely forgotten since the 50 ft. dome was showcased in Pershing Square in Los Angeles in 1981, where it served as an information center during the Bicentennial of the city.


After BFI began the restoration of these domes, they have since been displayed in 2011 at Design Miami (24 ft.) and in 2013 at the Toulouse International Art Festival and Amsterdam Light Festival. In addition to the restorations, BFI continues to work closely with Fuller's collaborators like John Warren,who oversaw the construction and assembly of the original domes. Through the restoration process, BFI has also begun to iterate on the design and advance the Fly's Eye dome™ concept towards fulfilling Bucky's vision for the design. By partnering with teams around the world, every iteration brings us closer to completion.


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The Buckminster Fuller Institute's new Fly's Eye Dome™ has been installed in Miami's Design District. It is a significantly evolved FED structure commissioned specifically for the site by Craig Robins, Miami developer and international contemporary art and design collector.