A Minimum Dymaxion Home, Elevation

A work made of graphite on tracing paper.

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  • A work made of graphite on tracing paper.

Date:

1931

Artist:

Richard Buckminster Fuller
American, 1895-1983

About this artwork

Perhaps the most famous design for a prefabricated house, Buckminster Fuller’s Dymaxion House design consumed him for over 30 years. Unlike other period references to the minimal home, Fuller’s idea was less related to space than to efficiency. In the hopes of obtaining “the maximum gain” from the minimum use of material and energy, the Dymaxion was modeled on the streamlined factory production of the automobile. This simplification extended to a centralized core housing that held all mechanical equipment while providing structural support for the mast-hung, lightweight hexagonal building. Although this design was never realized, Fuller included many of the innovative aspects of his Dymaxion House into his aluminum-clad Wichita house or Dymaxion Dwelling Machine, which was produced as a prototype in 1948.

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Architecture and Design

Artist

Richard Buckminster Fuller (Architect)

Title

A Minimum Dymaxion Home, Elevation

Origin

United States

Date

1931

Medium

Graphite on tracing paper

Inscriptions

Initialed by M.L.

Dimensions

61.3 x 72.1 cm (24 1/8 x 28 3/8 in.)

Credit Line

Through prior gift of Three Oaks Wrecking Company

Reference Number

1990.172

Extended information about this artwork

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