Friday, June 3, 2011

Geodesic Dome and Treehouse

Michael Wielgus from Krakow, Poland, sent us his dome-shaped, wooden treehouse, which was inspired by the geodesic dome structures of American architect Richard Buckminster Fuller.
Thanks to René K. Müller dome plans and studies, Michael decided to build a hovering tree house with a 2.5 meters diameter shell structure for the children as well as a ground-based, 4.5 meters diameter geodesic dome for outside entertaining and grill. “The treehouse is like a big swing” says Michael.
“First I hung half ‘egg’ on a tree, with a strong stable floor with 5 haul-offs of rope. I use 2 (A, B) different struts. For safety, one rope is from steel and the second rope is from plastic nylon with a tensile strength of 800kg and 1600kg. When half was suspended on a tree I built the upper part. hub connecting this is a aluminum tubes with 5 holes on the circumference.”

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