People who live in Dome Houses

I first caught the geodesic-dome bug back in the 1970s, for no reason other than my ongoing fascination with unique dwellings.

While there are many alternatives, domes in particular have some important and practical advantages over the rectangular boxes that most of us live in. From the Tiny House Blog: [1]

  • The sphere is nature’s most efficient shape, and a dome covers the most living area with the least amount of surface area. When compared with a similar-sized rectangular-shaped house, a dome home will have 30% less surface area and use at least 1/3 less lumber.
  • As domes have less surface area, they reduce the amount of energy required to heat or cool the interior space; less heat is transferred to and from its surroundings.
  • Though a dome uses less material, it is unquestionably stronger than a rectangular-shaped house using stick-frame manufacturing. Dome structures have unparalleled strength and a natural ability to withstand immense earthquake, hurricane and snow load forces.
  • A dome’s more compact footprint saves perimeter shell and foundation materials.

One can infer that domes are relatively inexpensive to build and maintain, and more planet friendly. Quakes, hurricanes and nasty blizzards? No problem.

Probably the biggest threat to the dome is from Homeowners and Builders Associations who for various reasons lobby in favor of the status quo. If you’re fully invested in a McMansion, I suppose having an upstart, commie geodesic dome pop up next door like some mushroom can be disconcerting.

But curved walls and surfaces can be aesthetically beautiful, which I think is among its strongest advantages.

References

  1. Curved by Design | Tiny House Blog
  2. Curved by Design, Inc.

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