Main Dwelling of 'Orr Maakom'
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Dome heaven becomes a reality! If you ever dreamt or will dream of having your
own dome-home, join now in the creation of Domes On The Mountain in the rain forest
mountains of "Nantahala" (Cherokee for "Land of the Midday sun.") On this land of beauty stands one tree of 29 foot
circumference at its base while one waterfall plunges at a 200 feet drop.
Sparked by an artist-designer's lifetime study of domes and
his search for his own true home, Domes On The Mountain is set in the
beautiful land of western North Carolina, which has a most professional yet accommodating
set of building regulations, a friendly, welcoming manner of the locals, and with every
supply, skill, and service nearby that one might need.
The Domes now in progress, 'Orr Maakom' hamlet are the
R. Buckminster Fuller invention of 1933, the Sierra 39' diameter geodesic dome design. They are, however, after two years of adjustments
and adaptations to local conditions, developed for various functions, sizes and spherical
ratios. They are available, with a range of
sky-lights, windows, doors, terraces, decks and connecting passages -- along with design
engineering, production, construction, advice and introduction services if needed. Our enhancing the original dome design is aiming
toward maximum adaptability for individualized home owners choice, need, work, budget and
lifestyles. Overall, Domes On The Mountain
aims to achieve all round excellence. Such
individualized dream-dome-home could range widely balancing as it would between ones
aspirations and reality.
The future Domes On The Mountain community design
principle achieves a clear, distinct and strong unity by choosing the singularity of the
geodesic dome construction while at the same time being creatively enriched through the
multitude of individualized choice and need variations, strictly within the geodesic
physical/visual language. Through these
combined factors invariably one senses the enchanting blend of -
coherence/completion/serenity and beauty. Quite
reminiscent, albeit centuries apart, of the old British village yet utterly new - here -
Being part of the
Appalachian Mountains which are justifiably called the Smoky Mountains, due to constant
summer haze. The mountain is covered by the
cool, deep forest of Nantahala which is most abundantly endowed by springs and creeks,
much appreciated in nature and equally when bottled and shipped all over.
Nantahala is considered a rain forest and posting an unparalleled range of plant life,
tree species alone account for some 1600 varieties. Obviously
from the smallest of creatures to the larger animals are natives - in, on, about, and
around the Mountain.
The Mountain's geology
is of the earliest deposit formations which together with some African sites, are
considered to be the oldest on earth. Its
mineralogy deposits of crystals, gem stones and semi-precious stones abound. The nearby town of Franklin - Macon County's seat,
titled itself "the gem capital of the world."
Being endowed by a
distinct four seasons, its climate tempered to a summer of modest heat with almost
constant breeze while 60% of winter days are sunny. The
ever clearest of winter days leads to the slowest of continued spring's life's renewal,
which through summer's forever endless greens comes unfailingly to the unparalleled colors
of fall anywhere on earth.
From the available
information to date on the Mountain's sacred past to the Cherokee Indians, from records of
past armed conflicts, it is certain that the mountain was passed by. From land deeds and conversing repeatedly with
various descendants around the Mountain it is clear - the mountain was never stained by
blood spilled in anger.
Life on the Mountain is truly blessed.
||Geodesic Domes are spherical forms structured and surfaced by triangular
||Geodesic Domes are with 360° doors and windows options of great variety
all in keeping with geodesic dome's line and form of mathematical integrity.
||Geodesic Domes come with various options of overhangs, passages, levels,
walkways, terraces, decks, stairs, railings, chimneys, etc.
||Geodesic Domes are designed for lowest possible labor and costs in their
||In spite of low material and construction costs, Geodesic Domes have been
tested to be incomparable in resisting wind, bearing load, and for endurance to the
||Inherent to the Geodesic Domes system is a lower overall cost per square
foot from one-third to three quarters lower than the average within a region.
||Geodesic Domes energy conservation is due to its spherical volume physics
which produce unparalleled inherent efficiency.
||Due to the Geodesic Domes segmental assembly principal of construction, a
perfect match of nestling to any lay of the land configuration in a natural, undisturbing,
and harmonious way is assured.
||Due to a principal of five large (glass/screen) openings in dwelling domes
rising off the main floor level, possibly extending more at upper and lower levels, an
incomparable visual-emotional sensing of indoor/outdoor awareness is experienced.
||No matter what tangent one takes at experiencing geodesic dome space, be
it of the senses or of the physical, a convincing rewarding one it would be.
||Once the dome space is understood and its value cherished true domes
living difference could be fully appreciated. It is essentially as though the
conventional house rooms are spaced apart to maximize both living styling individualized
as well as preserving the domes internal integrity by minimizing internal levels and
partitions - thus emphasizing its oneness.
|The Triangle Energy
||Pyramid=triangle energy is little known, yet undisputed. Any
spherical ratio of Geodesic Domes is made of dozens of triangles and it's unique effect of
sensation=energy is practically tangible.
|The Dome as a Sacred Form
||Throughout millennia, and worldwide, across all religious divides, atop
structures of all major and lesser religions and atop structures of major and
lesser significance, domes were/are there.
||Living in Geodesic Domes, one experiences a creative, energizing force in
presence; a strong, positive, contemplative elevating sensation in action, yet humane and
tender, the kind of a grateful feeling of self-recognition, a nurturing belonging to a
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This Rendering is Viewed from North West 100' High, 300'
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Domes On The Mountain Team
To help settlers in the creation of their
Geodesic Domes Concepts
Gyora Novak - Artist/Designer
1934 to be a shepherd boy in the hills near Nazareth. After serving as a commando
paratrooper's officer in Israel's army he began his self-taught studies in pursuit of his
interests. Experiencing, working, learning through six different
countries/cultures/languages, he became an American in 1962.
worked in numerous medias, acquiring numerous skills. Since 1979, all his work
(which invariably he instigated) were projects which involved great numbers of professions
and collaborative efforts which he organized and managed. At their basis, they
always had from concept to conclusion the 'greater public good' as their common
Domes have been for Novak a major interest and pursuit. 1968 in Florida Novak
designed and built a cluster of three domes as his home which he maintained and lived in
for ten years.
Novak's lifetime search for his true soul-place ended 1996 when he visited western North
Carolina. That realization awakened a new design surge in Novak's 36 years of
geodesic dome involvement, specifically merging his newly found place and circumstance
with his dream hamlet, for which he yearned all his adult life and into which for a couple
of years Novak immersed himself with all his considerable range of skills, experience,
talent and knowledge using all his time and energies, all his own resources and commitment
into the study and sorting process of - land, building-code, resources, networking, etc
and eventually acquiring the destined desired land and accomplishing a most harmonious
team partnering to achieve his own life's dream. His seven dome hamlet has been for
some time in process of realization.
in parallel to his own pursuits, his need to assist others to build their own geodesic
dome dream home became his predominant preoccupation. Step by step crafting and
organizing a blueprint for the creation of - Domes On The Mountain.
From a one man effort to an organization whose goal is the creation of a unique and
unprecedented community in Western North Carolina.
recognized that realizing his dream of Domes On The Mountain community
required his 100% commitment for years to come, as well as the placing of his own home and
abandonment of his privacy for promotion purposes in the project's best service.
belief of Domes On The Mountain, he resolved to do so.
Novak's admiration, study and scholarship of Japanese arts and crafts recognized how its
singular greatness of creativity is firmly rising upon its fundamental Chinese
Novak's geodesic dome creativity - contribution builds upon its acknowledged source of
innovative engineering, integral mathematics, morality and economy, ingenious visionary
foundation. By expending its potential, as an artist applying imagination with
practicality by blending life and style, nature and art, individuality of - from choice to
need in function. By placing in nature these magnificent sculptures, these art works
to live in of mathematical crystal forms, these personalized dome clusters like never
before anywhere on earth.
lifetime of arts, skills, and knowledge acquiring, his constant onmoving
accumulative experience, strictly by self teaching, brings his incomparable
talent/skill of speedy
adaptation and grasp for the next project ahead. Be it your individualized
dream-dome-home or that of your future neighbor.
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Geodesic Dome Engineering
Scott Wood, P.E.
1955, in North Carolina, his father a carpenter/builder, as a child he held the hammer and
started in his father's footsteps, as a growing boy he continued to work at carpentry and
building. At 5 years of age the idea of being an engineer was firmly established
with Wood. Being an outstanding student in mathematics led to his study and
eventually being licensed as P.E. specializing in civil and structural engineering.
1997 meeting with Gyora Novak Wood was initially introduced to the geodesic dome structure
principle. While professionally working at it to accomplish the engineering for
Novak's initial designs of his future dome hamlet. Fortunately Wood's personal
method of work has been always linked to the CAD (Computer aided drafting - system).
While collaborating on the basis of a constant improvement attitude, Novak's ongoing ideas
gelled together with Wood's greater and growing grasp of the geodesic dome concept and its
potential to an unparalleled degree.
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Geodesic Dome Production
Don Bedore, Manufacturer
1933 in New York State, Bedore worked as a building contractor in Plattsburg, New
York. In 1959 he attended a training seminar conducted by R. Buckminster Fuller and
Alvin Miller, inventors of the geodesic dome, at the Peace Woodworking Company in
Hamilton, Ohio. That year he and Carl B. Getman formed a company CADCO that sold and
erected the Pease dome. Later, in 1964, a new company Geodesic Dome Manufacturing
Company was formed. Bedore later became the president of that firm. At that
time Geodesic Dome Manufacturing Company purchased the Fuller patents and the
manufacturing rights to the geodesic domes.
manufactured and supervised the erection of domes for State and Federal Government
facilities at the National Seashore at Chincoteaque, Virginia; Smith Point, Patchogue, New
York; Elk Neck, Maryland; Johnson State University, Vermont; University of
New York Department of Conservation at the State fair site, Syracuse, New York. In
addition to the government facilities he manufactured and erected domes for residential
homes and camps. Among those was a residential dome complex in Palm Beach, Florida
for Gyora Novak. In 1982 Bedore purchased the company and relocated it. He has
since become interested in other aspects of construction, but continued to experiment with
improving the geodesic dome including designing and manufacturing 45 foot diameter domes.
To date Bedore has worked at geodesic dome production some 40 years, producing 2,000
domes. In 1998 Gyora Novak and Don Bedore met again - thirty years on. Novak
brought his latest dome designs, the labor of months collaboration with Scott Wood.
Bedore believed them to be, as he said, the best he ever saw. Novak on his part
encouraged Bedore to incorporate in their collaboration Bedore's own dome improvements
invention, and their collaboration began. By June 1999 all the initial seven domes
for 'Orr Maakom' were manufactured by Bedore, assisted by his two sons.
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Main Dwelling Floor Plan
The kitchen passage connects the public (Living Dome) with the private (Bedroom Dome)
Domes On the Mountain - Goal
project whose goal is a third millennia individualized life style of geodesic dome
structures community, motivated by settlers' pursuit of personal happiness.
Individually, Domes On The Mountain joiners - settlers, while pursuing their independent
dome cluster of living/working style of ones own ideal suitability, in keeping with
their common interests, concerns, attitudes and beliefs, will unite to live by the
"love thy neighbor" philosophy of their association, its bylaws, rules and
guidelines. In which respect to nature, to the land, to individuals, to property,
and to all the association's inspired ideas/ideals and good will which shall unite them
is hoped that the Domes On The Mountain community, by its combined facets of creative
planning, innovative solutions, and neighborly attitudes; its unique functioning of
harmonious daily living practices by its charter, bylaws and guidelines, will become the
challenge to this country's great nature conservancy organizations to preserve its
entirety - for generations to come.
It is a
fervent hope that all Domes On The Mountain settlers will join with their own dreams and
pursuits of personal interests for generations to come and build their true home in the
true spirit of this country's founding father's ideals. Home for so many Americans
is that temporary "posting" by an employer's need. Novak, upon his own
land purchase, was offered five times his land's cost. His answer was/is:
"It's my true home and true homes are not for sale."
One - 'Orr Maakom' - now in progress
Phase One began in 1998 with Novak's own acquisition of 120 acres and his initial seven
dome hamlet which he named 'Orr Maakom' Hebrew's dual meaning for -- "place of
light" and "God's enlightenment". In a sense Novak's own efforts at
Phase One achieves also simultaneously the start of Phase Three, being the first founding
settler in the future community of Domes On The Mountain.
Two - Setup/Improvements/Promotions - now in progress
'Orr Maakom' as a legal entity shall be set up in partnership with Domes On The Mountain
once the creation of Domes On The Mountain as a legal entity is set,
through which Domes On The
Mountain matters will be conducted. That legal entity's aims are to accomplish the following:
A. set up administration
B. set up management
C. acquire the land followed by its survey, study, planning and improvements
D. assist/expedite the completion of 'Orr Maakom' to enable its use in all out promotional
efforts effectively serving as the project's model.
Three - Welcoming Settlers - now in progress
Domes On The Mountain began the acceptance process of committed settlers.
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'Orr MaaKom' - Fireplace
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The Scientific - Universal Connection
"Domes On The Mountain"
years past Dr. Richard Buckminster Fuller's invention of the "Sierra
Geodesic Dome", Dr. Fuller announced his related prediction for science in years to
come. The "Sierra" full sphere structure of 180 triangles, 60 of 12
pentagons and 60 of 20 hexagons, would be found one day to also form the molecular
structure of the strongest material on earth.
Fuller (12 July 1885-1 July 1983) was the recipient of 43 doctor degrees.
recent years Donald R. Huffman, PhD, University of Arizona, USA, teamed with Wolfgang
Kratchmer, PhD, of Max Plnack Institute, Germany, while in parallel Harold Kroto, PhD,
University of Susex, U.K., teamed with Rick Smalley, PhD, Rice University, Texas,
USA. All four scientists through their respective disciplines did confirm Dr.
Fuller's prediction. All four of them received Nobel Prizes for their discoveries of
the new carbon, the strongest material on earth, since its elderly relative -- the diamond
-- also composed of graphite, until now the hardest matter known.
the new form of pure carbon discovery its molecule being of identical structure to
that of the "Sierra Geodesic Full Sphere", the four scientists agreed to honor
Dr. Fuller by titling their discovery: "The Buckyball/the
To the sixties generation, then swept by idealism, Domes on the Mountain
reflect that spirit coming of age. A spirit whose dwelling icon and guru was Buckminster
Fuller with his innovative geodesic dome, with his ideals, morality and integrity of
approach to living. Here, Domes On The Mountain bring these ideas and
ideals into reality, anyone's dream - dome - home reality!
Such dream-dome-home make up of vision, innovation and artistry by their multitude of
considered facets would be personalized first and foremost for those who could join by
their intellectual ability, their discerning openness and by their commitment to their own
pursuit of a personal true home.
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Plan & Two elevations
Seven Openings & Kitchen Drawings
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Mountain, Township of Ellijay, Macon County, North Carolina. A county whose land is
60% government forest land, i.e. never to come on the market, Macon being a highly valued
land price county and rising. Domes On The Mountain land has a most varied range of
choice, from peaks to valleys, coves to creek sides, rocky cliff slopes flanking U.S.
forestry land, ponds to waterfalls.
|Feature Name: Onion Mountain
Feature Type: Summit
State: North Carolina
USGS 7.5' x 7.5' Map: Corbin Knob
Rivers and Streams in this Watershed: 18 (provided by EPA's first River Reach File)
1060 total river miles
1027.2 perennial river miles
70% of rivers/ streams have been surveyed
731 miles meet all designated uses
spite of the land's close proximity to much resources its relative isolation and perceived
remoteness is reflected in its lowest per acre cost in Macon County Realtors'
comparable price listing.
minutes to the regional hospital
Twenty minutes to shopping, services, restaurants
Twenty to fifty minutes to Franklin, Sylva, Cashiers, Highlands
Seventy minutes to Asheville
Eighty-five minutes to Asheville airport
A hundred and ten minutes to Knoxville
A hundred and twenty minutes to Atlanta
A hundred and fifty minutes to Atlanta International airport
In pursuit of your individualized geodesic dome home
Please join us face to face
in stepping together on the path of our mutual interest in the creation of
Domes On The Mountain