Wednesday Vignette – a geodesic surprise

We’re in Ohio for a couple of weeks visiting family and potential schools for our budding college student. About 10 minutes down the road from my in-laws is hidden this marvelous complex, housing an organization formerly known as American Society of Metals. In order to be more inclusive, it eventually changed its name to ASM International. The name change corresponded with its updated mission of broadening its scope to cover all materials – not just metals.

Surrounded by rather dense forested areas and horse country, cut through by winding two lane country roads –  suddenly coming upon this sparkling modernist campus with its fabulous geodesic dome, is a delightful surprise! We just HAD to stop and look. I took lots of photos, and will write a more detailed post about it on my other blog, because I think this gem of a building deserves more than a vignette. But for now, here is a tease of the good things to come.

I loved the dome’s reflection in the large plate glass windows of the building below.

I also appreciated looking up at the hexagon facets of the geodesic dome through the mostly bare branches of a small tree that grew in the 100′ diameter circular Mineral Garden below. 

About annamadeit

I was born and raised in Sweden, By now, I have lived almost as long in the United States. The path I’ve taken has been long and varied, and has given me a philosophical approach to life. I may joke that I’m a sybarite, but the truth is, I find joy and luxury in life’s simple things as well. My outlook on life has roots in a culture rich in history and tradition, and I care a great deal about environmental stewardship. Aesthetically, while drawn to the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia, I also have a deep appreciation for the raw, the weathered, and the worn - materials that tell a story. To me, contrast, counterpoint, and diversity are what makes life interesting and engaging. Color has always informed everything I do. I’m a functional tetrachromat, and a hopeless plantoholic. I was originally trained as an architect working mostly on interiors, but soon ventured outside - into garden design. It’s that contrast thing again… An interior adrift from its exterior, is like a yin without a yang. My firm conviction that everything is connected gets me in trouble time and time again. The world is a big place, and full of marvelous distractions, and offers plentiful opportunities for inquiry and exploration. I started writing to quell my constant queries, explore my discoveries, and nurture my curiosity. The Creative Flux was started in 2010, and became a catch-all for all kinds of intersecting interests. The start of Flutter & Hum at the end of 2013 marks my descent into plant nerd revelry. I occasionally contribute to other blogs, but those two are my main ones. For sure, topics are all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blogs!
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16 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – a geodesic surprise

  1. Kris P says:

    Cool! I hope you’re enjoying the Ohio trip. Scouting colleges with your son must be a rite of passage – for both of you!

    I tucked a WV featuring the “super blue blood moon” into another meme post today:

    • annamadeit says:

      It is so much fun! We had a great day at Case Western Reserve today. He loved it, and I can well understand why – it’s a fantastic school, located right in the cultural epicenter of Cleveland. So, now all fingers and toes crossed that he gets in – and that there is some scholarship money available…

  2. Alison says:

    What a cool building! I hope it’s an enjoyable trip. My WV is here:

  3. Peter Herpst says:

    What a great surprise and a groovy WV picture!

  4. With the opening of the new Amazon campus in downtown Seattle domes are all over the news these days. I look forward to seeing more of these.

    My WV:

    • annamadeit says:

      Humans are so slow on the uptake sometimes… I think Bucky Fuller started developing these domes after WW2. This particular one was built in 1958. Yes, I hope they will become more common, too – they are awfully cool!

  5. rickii says:

    Buckminster Fuller had a friendship with the head of the art department at UofO, so he lectured there and the whole place was kind of dome-crazy.

    • annamadeit says:

      Oh, I bet they were! He was also one of the founding partners of Synergetics Inc. – the company that designed this one. Although, even though this one was built using his patent, he had supposedly left the company when this one was built. Too bad there aren’t more of them around – they are awfully cool!

  6. tonytomeo says:

    I remember when those were popular for greenhouses!

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