"Frameless Geodesic Dome", a DIY Housing Idea
There is no frame in this dome. The shell is self supporting much like and igloo is self supporting...The materials are all easily attainable and it cost about $2100 to build it at the time. The dome shell is also extremely easy to disassemble making it a portable structure....
Being a builder and noticing early on how expensive housing is I have had a lifelong fascination with alternative structures. Having built and lived in a variety of structures over the last 22 years I can say that alternative structures are not all created equal. The difference in the ability of these different structures to shelter and provide a nice place to live is dramatic.
The frameless dome...is the culmination of my experience with these structures. Three and a half years after building it I am ready to advocate it as an excellent alternative lightweight structure. I think this frameless dome balances many of the trade-offs of lightweight structures and arrives at an optimal structure that drastically minimizes construction complexity, time and price while maximizing livability.
No plans available, but the rest of the story is. See http://rigsomelight.com/2013/09/09/frameless-geodesic-dome.html