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Modern domes: Truss

Thumbnail Image Image-GoddenE30 Aladdin theater, Aladdin Hotel. View looking down on the top of the 300 ft. span timber dome covering a theater seating 7500. The structure of the dome is shown in GoddenE31 and GoddenE32. (Las Vegas, Nevada)
Thumbnail Image Image-GoddenE31 View inside the Aladdin theater. The dome consists of primary intersecting timber ribs forming a triangulated truss dome. Circumferential secondary beams and timber covering complete the dome. (Las Vegas, Nevada)
Thumbnail Image Image-GoddenE32 Close-up of the interior of the dome structure of the Aladdin theater. The white triangles are non-structural reflectors. (Las Vegas, Nevada)
Thumbnail Image Image-GoddenE32.1 Tacoma Dome, Tacoma, Washington (1983). At the time of opening, it was listed as the largest wood domed structure in the world. Interior diameter 530 ft, height 152 ft. General purpose facility used for football, soccer, etc., concerts and exhibitions. Maximum seating for concerts 30,000. General view showing the dome structure on its concrete ring beam. Scale of the structure can be seen from the figures on the roof. (See also GoddenE32.2-E32.3) (Tacoma, Washington)
Thumbnail Image Image-GoddenE32.2 Interior of the Tacoma Dome in GoddenE32.1, showing the roof structure. (Tacoma, Washington)
Thumbnail Image Image-GoddenE32.3 Detail of timber roof beam connection to concrete ring beam in GoddenE32.2. (Tacoma, Washington)
Thumbnail Image Image-GoddenE33 Space frame 'geodesic' dome, Caesar's Palace Hotel. This type of dome, invented by Buckminster Fuller, is extremely light, can cover very large spans, and requires only vertical supports at the boundaries. This is a small partially covered dome at the entrance to the hotel. (Las Vegas, Nevada)
Thumbnail Image Image-GoddenE34 Omni-Max Theater, Caesar's Palace Hotel. 100 ft. diameter geodesic dome enclosing a theater in the round. (Las Vegas, Nevada)
Thumbnail Image Image-GoddenE35 Geodesic dome. Medium span dome used as a warehouse. (St. Louis, Missouri)
Thumbnail Image Image-GoddenE35.1 Bloedel Conservatory, Queen Elizabeth Park, Vancouver, B.C. A 140-ft diameter triodetic dome, 70 ft high. The structure consists of a framework of tubular steel elements supporting 1490 Plexiglas bubbles. See also GoddenE35.2. (Vancouver, B.C.)
Thumbnail Image Image-GoddenE35.2 Bloedel Conservatory, Queen Elizabeth Park, Vancouver, B.C. Interior detail of the dome structure of GoddenE35.1. (Vancouver, B.C.)

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