Thursday, June 11, 2009

DOME SWEET DOME: 8 Cool Dome Homes

We live in such an interesting era, why must our homes be boring? Take s step into the next generation, consider a dome home.

1. Dome house, Hawthorn, Australia

A man's dome is his castle

This project is a home in Hawthorn, Australia, designed to accommodate a large family. The design concept of this home was to take a perfect shape, the copper sphere, and to remove parts. By selectively removing parts of the sphere, there is the sense internally of being in and surrounded by garden. The spherical shell also provides beautiful internal spaces on the first floor.

2. Solaleya rotating dome homes

Dome free

As distributors of environmentally conscious products, we are proud to exclusively represent Domespace Homes in the U.S.

Our all wood dome shaped homes allow you to live in an exceptionally pleasant setting of warmth and balance while preserving the beauty of our Planet.

The rotation system allows your home to turn towards or away from the sun to balance inside temperature and reduce energy consumption while allowing you to have a change of scenery from your windows any time you wish.

Proven to resist against extreme high winds and earthquakes in many occurrences, our dome shaped homes provide you with the comfort and safety of an outstanding and luxurious habitat all at once.

3. Styrofoam dome homes, Aso Farm Land Resort, Japan

Home is where the dome is

I always wondered how it will feel like to live like a smurf...

I came upon pics of these odd-looking houses. What made them even more peculiar is that they are made out of styrofoam, typically something the Japanese would come up with.The Aso Farm Land Resort village in Kyushu uses about 480 styrofoam domes as lodging, recreational facilities and retail shops.

While Styrofoam may be most commonly associated with disposable coffee cups, meat trays and packaging, prefab home manufacturer Japan Dome House Co., Ltd. uses it to construct easy-to-assemble modular homes.Dubbed the “habitat for the 21st century,” the dome house is an igloo-shaped structure built from snap-together wall sections made of 100% expanded styrofoam. It might seem like an odd choice of material for a house, but the company lists a number of advantages that styrofoam has over traditional materials.

Unlike wood and metal structures, the styrofoam dome house does not rust, rot or attract termites. It is also highly resistant to earthquakes and typhoons. In addition, the walls, which are treated with a flame retardant, emit no toxic fumes in a fire.
The houses are environmentally friendly and energy efficient. They also have good insulation properties and can reduce energy bills by 90%. The styrofoam used in the dome house’s 175 mm thick walls is significantly denser and stronger than ordinary packing foam.

4. Dome home, Pensacola Beach, Florida

The Indestructible dome

This fabulous Monolithic dome home in Pensacola Beach, Florida has successfully survived more than one hurricane. In 2004, the owners and an
NBC News crew had permission to stay in this dome during Hurricane Dennis.

5. Dome Home, Winconstin, USA

The Disappearing Dome

Barbara and Paul Stitt, owns this dream-come-true monolithic dome home. On a slightly foggy day, the house just about disappears, and that is just what they wanted. The Stitts achieved that effect by choosing just the right shade of blue paint for the outside of their dome home. Besides the ability to almost disappear, this dome is unique in other ways. It’s Wisconsin’s first and, as such, it created quite a stir in Manitowoc, a city populated by about 35,000. Located on a 1.7-acre site, this home’s three stories provide 4000 square feet of living space. Robert Bissett began the design of the house in December of 1998. To absorb echoes, the Stitts installed seamless acoustic ceiling tiles and acoustic wallpaper.

6. Dome home in Moscow, Russia

The pink dome home

Sviet Raikov, a native Russian, built this Monolithic Dome home, 36′ × 18′, after learning the technology in a Monolithic Workshop. An American flag flies from the dome’s top. This pink dome home is quite striking in a neighborhood of conventional homes.

7. Eco-Dome (Sandbag DIY dome home)

The Moon Cacoon

The Eco-Dome is a small home (made of sandbag technology) of approximately 400 square feetinterior space. It consists of a large central dome, surrounded by four smaller niches and a wind-scoop, in a clover leaf pattern. The finished house is self-contained and can become a small guest house, studio apartment, or be the first step in a clustered design for community use in an Eco-Village of vaults and domes. It is built from local earth-filled Superadobe coils.

Maximum use of space through alternative options
. The Eco-Dome plan is a part of the Cal-Earth educational and research program. It is an educational construction document developed to be used in conjuction with the Cal-Earth apprenticeship course. Superadobe/sandbag technology has been patented in the United States and overseas, to protect the innovator’s right to make it freely available to the needy of the world and to the owner-builder, and to license it for commercial use.

8. Wooden dome cabin in Lopburi-Province, Thailand


  1. Hi EllerG,

    Just stumbled onto your site and thanks for referring to my dome site.
    Did you know that there is one of Kwickset Konstruction Kits' dome homes in South Africa in a place called George?

    Regards Klaus

  2. Your blog is very refreshing, like it very mush

  3. One should definitely also consider the as a great example.

  4. Those Styrofoam homes look futuristic.

  5. These are such delightful structures! I have always loved domes of all sizes and now I can dream about having a tiny dome home in the country.

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