Buckminster’s folly

The Montreal Biosphere is a geodesic dome designed by the American architect Buckminster Fuller to serve as the American pavilion for the 1967 International and Universal Exposition better known to most as Expo 67.

Seventy-six metres in diameter, it’s an imposing structure visible from miles around, and is one of those quintessentially iconic Montreal landmarks.

The dome was originally enclosed with clear acrylic cladding and was conceived as a giant greenhouse of sorts. A fire in 1976 burned away the transparent bubble, leaving the complex truss structure behind. It remained unused until 1990, when it was purchased by Environment Canada to be converted into an interactive museum focused on environmental issues.

All images were shot with a Fujifilm X-T2 in Acros (JPG) with the Fujinon XF35MM F1.4 lens.

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