One question people will ask is “how do you decorate the GeoStudio?” Well to start with the basics, this style of geodesic dome is made up of 6 pentagons, five around the dome and the “crown” on top. My way has been to cover whole pentagons rather than individual triangles - there are 40 to deal with so doing those individually may look rather striking, the time commitment would be huge. Here is a picture that catches four of those pentagons. Picture here.
We can see two coverings here, paint and fabric. Fortunately the hardened foam insulation is paintable which means as far as that goes you can go to town with painting up to 40 different colours! This is pretty ambitious but the effect would be, no doubt, incredible. But I kept to simple white, for now.
Another option is to hang some fabric. No kidding. Go to your local thrift store and find something that matches your taste. With a staple gun and 10 minutes of your time you can have your GeoStudio a “one of a kind”.
I’ve managed to find a few other wall coverings that are attractive and easy to install - but am always looking for more options! Often I will get great ideas from visitors. For example, putting aluminum foil on the walls is a cheap way to increase reflectivity and cover the “unfinished” foam insulation. I wouldn’t recommend this on all the pentagons, the reflection may border on the kinky. LOL Anyways, check it out.
Then there’s always cardboard - simple, cheap and definitely sustainable. Cut some cardboard triangles, draw and colour them and staple to your dome interior. Whether you decide to use solid colour or drawings or anything else, the effect will be spectacular. I aim to try this one later, finding good solid cardboard without creases poses a challenge so if you have access to that let me know. :)
The point here is to illustrate the fact that making a GeoStudio look striking is really quite easy and only takes patience and desire. And the location of this ‘room’ is not all that makes it special, it is the shape, it is the windows, it is the ceiling height and even the resonance that adds to it’s uniqueness.
So while you might consider it as a functional work space, especially if you deal with clients on a one-to-one basis, it could also be used as a family space or even your own personal getaway. Either way, rest assured knowing there are a variety of wall coverings you can use to optimize the effect you want to achieve.
Gilles Leclair is the founder of GeoStudios. Somewhat eccentric, fairly environmentalist, politically aware, he believes the world should have more off-grid communities... many more.