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Vitra Dome

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Thomas C. Howard
location Weil am Rhein
function auditorium, exposition space, pavilion
contributed by timo_mecking

The Charter-Sphere Dome, which was erected in 1954 in Detroit, has been transferred to the Vitra Campus at Weil am Rhein in 2000. The Charter-Sphere dome is Thomas C. Howard's signature design. TC Howard started using the Charter-Sphere dome as the request became more demanding. Charter-Spheres are easier to design and erect than the geodesic domes. They are still abundantly seen around the world. TC Howard designed most of the early geodesic domes that are thought to be Buckminster Fuller's. The dome at the Vitra Campus is constructed as a lightweight structure with a membrane cover and is currently used as a space for events by the Vitra company.

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Naomi says:
For all your convenience here's the Dwell February 2001 issue, with the mentioned Editor's note highlighted:
Amsterdam, Netherlands 11-Aug-11
Naomi says:
Hi Katrina, We've changed the publication on the Vitra Dome.
Amsterdam, Netherlands 11-Aug-11
See Editors' Note on page 14 of Dwell, February 2001. Just saying.
Freedom, United States 08-Aug-11
Katrina Howard Fairley says:
This dome at the Vitra Campus is not a geodesic dome. And it certainly is not a Buckminster Fuller design. I believe this is a Charter-Sphere dome designed by Thomas C. Howard of Synergetics, Inc and sold by Charter Industries, Inc in Raleigh, NC. This dome is not from 1954. 1954 is when Buckminster Fuller patented the geodesic dome ( all greater circles) Charter-Spheres are easier to erect than geodesic domes . They are based on lesser circles, thus the horizontal rings. Thomas C. Howard is both an architect and an engineer.
He designed most of the famous geodesic domes around the world. The Charter-Spheres he designed mainly for trade shows, fairs and exhibitions. They were not meant to be permanent structures, thus the tents. They had a 20 warranty. The tent manufacturer is out of business. - TC's daughter
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Vitra Dome
Charles-Eames-Strasse 2
Project is public!
Opening hours Monday through Sunday: 10.00 - 18.00 / Wednesday: 10.00 - 20.00 / Closed on December 24 - 25, December 31, January 1. The museum shop and the café have the same opening hours as the museum.
How to get there? By public transportation (ÖPNV): From Basel (Claraplatz or Badischer Bahnhof) take bus number 55 until the bus stop Vitra. From the train station in Weil am Rhein it is a 15-minute walk to the museum.
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Completion 1978
ArchitectThomas C. Howard
Project ID 2452
Latitude/Longitude 47°36'08N 07°37'03E
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