Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Under the Dome

Alvernia Studios, Poland

Are dome homes and buildings the way of the future?

They are strong, cheap, versatile, energy saving and are now being used in a variety of situations, including as emergency accommodation.

Some examples . . .

The Montreal Biosphere, formerly the American Pavilion of Expo 67. 

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Tent style dome 

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Dome home available from Kwickset Konstruction Kits, Sydney, Australia 
http://kwickset.net/domephotos.html 

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The Palais Bulles (Bubble House) in Tourettes-sur-Loup, France, designed by Antti Lovag, built between 1975 and 1989. Once it was the home of fashion designer Pierre Cardin. 

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Prefabricated Easy Dome houses, designed by Kari Thomsen and Ole Vanggaard. The first was built in 1992 for the Greenland Society of The Faroe Islands, now available in various sizes. 


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70 dome houses were built for villagers who lost their houses to an earthquake in Indonesia's ancient city of Yogyakarta. The monolithic domes can withstand earthquakes and winds up to 190 mph. 

The domes houses consist of two floors with an area of approximately 38 square meters . The ground floor is usually used for the living room , dining room , 2 bedrooms and kitchen . The upper floor is used for a family room . 



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Above and below:
The Inn Place in Brenham, Texas, with Monolithic Domes 


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Dome home by Solaleya, which features a circular loft with skylights and a solar array on top, rotating to orient itself towards the sun. They are also built to withstand hurricanes and earthquakes. 

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Fiberglass domes below the Los Angeles skyline, as a part of Project Genesis aimed at providing transitional housing for the homeless, 1993 

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Aso Farm Land, Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan, opened in 1995 




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Above and below:
A low impact Hobbit house, built by Simon Dale and his father-in-law in West Wales


A low impact Hobbit house, built by Simon Dale and his father-in-law in West Wales


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1 comment:

  1. Love that hobbit house I could easily see myself living peacefully there.

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