Architecture

Geodesic Dome House, Palm Springs, CA

One of my most recent projects brought me to a unique home in a spectacular location. This house is in Palm Springs, CA. The house features a geodesic dome invented by Buckminster Fuller and is sited in the large wind farm at the north end of Palm Springs.

Geodesic dome house in Palm Springs, CA. Re-designed by California architect Pavlina Williams, AIA.

This house has an interesting history. It was originally built in the 1950s as a weekend family vacation home for a chemical engineer from Torrance, CA. The house was built without an architect and was pieced together by neighbors and local residents.

Palm Springs, CA. Architect: Pavlina Williams, AIA.

Palm Springs, CA. Architect: Pavlina Williams, AIA.

Palm Springs, CA. Architect: Pavlina Williams, AIA.

In the 1970s, the owner bought a commercially available kit to add the geodesic dome. The primary dome of the house originally had very few windows, which is surprising considering the broad mountain views available at the site. The house remained unchanged until only a few years ago, when California architect Pavlina Williams, AIA and her husband discovered the house and recognized it as a diamond in the rough.

Palm Springs, CA. Architect: Pavlina Williams, AIA.

Palm Springs, CA. Architect: Pavlina Williams, AIA.

Pavlina redesigned the dome, adding the triangular and other geometric windows which now provide panoramic views of the area. She completely renovated and remodeled the interior as well, introducing a treasure of mid-century modern furniture and design.

Palm Springs, CA. Architect: Pavlina Williams, AIA.

Palm Springs, CA. Architect: Pavlina Williams, AIA.

The house is now the perfect desert retreat, and it’s a great place to escape for a weekend. Thanks to the efforts of Pavlina, the house has become an architectural gem in the desert.

Geodesic dome house in Palm Springs, CA. Architect: Pavlina Williams, AIA.