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dome houses

2006-10-11 18:26:53.178274+00 by Dan Lyke 2 comments

I think it was Meuon who first introduced me, in the days pre internet, to the construction techniques championed by the Monolithic Dome Institute: Inflate a balloon, then spray concrete all over the inside of it, to create a dome enclosure. And here's a journal of the construction of a dome home in South Dakota.

Interesting construction material because they seem to be much more durable, fire resistant, and insulated buildings than traditional stick-built construction, and the shapes don't have to look as "1970s image of the future" as you'd expect (although some people have gone that direction).

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#Comment Re: made: 2006-10-11 18:49:27.519007+00 by: ebradway

A couple more hurricane seasons like last year and we'll see FEMA or the insurance companies insist on construction like this...

#Comment Re: made: 2006-10-11 22:16:52.211603+00 by: Dave Goodman

One of the places I lived in So. Cal. was in Woodland Hills, not far from a Jehovah's Witnesses church (temple?) that was a dome constructed by pouring concrete over a dome of earth, then digging out from underneath it. (Trivia: Singer/oddball Michael Jackson belonged to that group, and came to our door one day proselytizing.)