I'm always trying to find easier ways to build domes, most dome designs I have come up so far with involve typically a couple of patterns and a minimum of around 70 triangle frames to make. There are also frames to alter around the door and base beams to make, so I thought I would make a design with the absolute minimum number of parts.
This is the first of two designs I came up with
This dome was based on a pentakis dodecahedron and has just 33 triangles frames so it sits flat and there is no need for angled base beams like a 3v icosa dome. You can build a 3m - 3.7m (10ft - 12ft) diameter dome and have plenty of headroom with large double doors. There is only one size triangle in the whole dome, there are some triangles to cut down around the base but they are made from the full triangle frames. In theory this dome should be super easy and super fast to make, I would think it possible to build it from scratch in a day or two at the most and the materials would cost maybe £100 ($150) for a horticultural polythene covered dome. This would give you a greenhouse with a floor area of around 8 Sqm (86 square feet) If you would like to see plans in the shop for this design drop me an email and I'll put some together. I will definitely be building one of these myself this spring as it''s such a bargain project. I'll post pictures and videos when I''m done and let you know if I can build one in a day.