Many people admire Buckminster Fuller’s houses; few want to live in them

Dome

Who wants it?

A double dome out on Long Island wouldn’t sell at $800,000, now the owner has cut its price another $250,000.

The three-bedroom, three-bathroom Baiting Hollow home is currently going for $545,000, according to multiple listings for the one-acre property. Its initial selling price, which Newsday reported at $799,000, dropped to $779,000 in April, $699,000 in May, $599,000 in June and later $549,000 in July and September, according to Zillow records.

Ten years after its last issue, Stewart Brand,  creator of our hippy generation’s bible, “The Whole Earth Catalogue”, ruefully summed up the problem with hippiedom in general and Bucky Fuller’s buildings specifically: “Domes leak”.

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7 responses to “Many people admire Buckminster Fuller’s houses; few want to live in them

  1. Bucky didn’t have a lot of luck with his Dymaxion Car either.

    By the way, the “Flintstone House” is still for sale:

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/45-Berryessa-Way-Hillsborough-CA-94010/15535150_zpid/

  2. uminn65

    We took a tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s compound in Arizona a few years back, and the tour guide confessed to the group that FL homes all leaked and were heating and cooling nightmares. There are reasons why standard designs are replicated. The arrogance of many architects is stunning.

  3. Anonymous

    Wow – what happened to “land value?”

  4. LAK

    Is this the reality star Scott Disick’s house? He’s a loser.

  5. “We took a tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s compound in Arizona a few years back, and the tour guide confessed to the group that FL homes all leaked and were heating and cooling nightmares. There are reasons why standard designs are replicated. The arrogance of many architects is stunning.”

    Actually there’;s no good reason his houses should leak, OR be heating and cooling problems any more than any other older house, except FLW didn’t give a damn, which is too bad.

    It’s my huge beef too with FLW and many other star architects (politicians, cough)… though FLW at least made designs that were pleasing to humans, is that they get so caught up in their “grand visions” that they forget basics.

    Step 1. Your building has to keep the rain out… now and in 50+ years
    (There are buildings that were built by lowish-IQ peasants that have lasted 500 years ( or more) with minimal maintenance that have managed this feat.)
    Step 2. You building has to be comfortable..
    Step 3, It should to be attractive.

    Many “architects” fail all 3.