Buckminster Fuller, famous for his geodesic domes, sought to solve the post World War II housing crisis by designing a home that would address what he perceived as questionable home construction methods. In turn the factories previously used to manufacture war planes could be kept active. The homes were designed to be energy efficient, low-cost, light weight, easily shipped and assembled onsite. Fuller’s design of the home, once assembled, was extremely strong and able to withstand earthquakes and strong storms. The homes were heated and cooled by natural means and needed no ongoing maintenance. In fact the downward draft ventilation pulled particulates towards the baseboards and through filters eliminating the need to dust or vacuum.
From the must see Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village’s online exhibit:
In 1991, the Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village acquired the parts to the only surviving prototype. For over the next eight years, staff researched the house, cleaning and restoring its 3,000 components. In October 1999, construction began on the house inside of the museum. The process of restoring and erecting the building became exhibition unto itself. On October 24, 2001, restoration was complete and the Dymaxion House was opened for public viewing.