One of the most common desires of builders through the history of architecture and engineering was to challenge the nature of materials, and spatial management of built environment. The pursuit for perfection of forms led the builders from the structures built of mammoth tusks and bones, over corbelled stone domes, to the multi classed icosahedrons and dodecahedrons made of steel.

The Biosphere of Montreal is not the oldest, nor the largest geodesic dome in the world, but is one of the best examples of its kind, a sort of a technology demonstrator. Forming almost a full sphere,  its original covering stripped by fire, today it displays the full glory of applied mathematics and human ingenuity. Originally built for the Montreal Expo it is now a home of the Environmental museum, and another wonder built for show, and left for the generations to enjoy.

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