Dymaxion I

In 1927, the philosopher, inventor, and designer Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983) advanced the argument that conventional house design and construction was entirely inadequate. To make his point, he designed a prefabricated low-cost house for mass production. The Dymaxion House was suspended on a central core or mast, which contained the building's utility services, including an elevator, laundry, air conditioning system as well as the plumbing and wiring. The roof and floor were both suspended by cables from the top of the mast.

Only two prototypes of the Dymaxion House were built. The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan painstakingly restored the sole surviving example and began exhibiting it in 2001.