US Pavilion at Expo '67
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Architect Buckminster Fuller and Shoji Sadao
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Location Montreal, Canada   map
Date 1967   timeline
Building Type exhibition hall
 Construction System geodesic dome
Climate temperate
Context exposition site
Style Modern
Notes Lightweight geodesic dome envelope enclosing more conventional interior construction.


Photo, close view looking up through geodesic filigree

Photo, overview of dome in landscape context


Plan Drawing

Section Drawing

Discussion US Pavilion at Expo '67 Commentary

"A giant dome, roughly three-quarters of a sphere, designed to look like a lacy filigree weightless against the sky. Height: 200 feet: spherical diameter; 250 feet. Construction: a space frame of steel pipes enclosing 1,900 molded acrylic panels."

— from Sylvia Hart Wright. Sourcebook of Contemporary North American Architecture: From Postwar to Postmodern. p33.


250 feet in diameter, 200 feet high.

Sources on US Pavilion at Expo '67

Werner Blaser and Monica Stucky. Drawings of Great Buildings. Boston: Birkhauser Verlag, 1983. ISBN 3-7643-1522-9. LC 83-15831. NA2706.U6D72 1983. plan and section drawings, p161. — Available at

Douglas E. Gordon and Stephanie Stubbs. How Architecture Works. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1991. ISBN 0-442-23951-3. LC 90-49703. NA2520.G58 1991. p139.

Paul Heyer. American Architecture: Ideas and Ideologies in the Late Twentieth Century. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1993. ISBN 0-442-01328-0. LC 92-18415. NA2750.H48. exterior overview photo, p62.

Lawrence A. Martin, University of Oregon. Slide from photographer's collection, September 1993. PCD.3235.1012.0545.012. PCD.3235.1012.0545.013.

John Julius Norwich, ed. Great Architecture of the World. London: Mitchell Beazley Publishers, 1975. aerial photo of dome, p232. Reprint edition: Da Capo Press, April 1991. ISBN 0-3068-0436-0. — An accessible, inspiring and informative overview of world architecture, with lots of full-color cutaway drawings, and clear explanations. Available at

Leland M. Roth. A Concise History of American Architecture. New York: Harper and Row, Publishers, 1979. ISBN 0-06-430086-2. NA705.R67 1979. discussion, p322-323, exterior photo, f278, p323.

Sylvia Hart Wright. Sourcebook of Contemporary North American Architecture: From Postwar to Postmodern. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1989. ISBN 0-422-29190-6. LC 89-5320. NA703.W75 1989. discussion, p33.

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at  Find books about US Pavilion at Expo '67


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