Tuesday, 23 January 2007
Not all domes are created equal...
(Image courtesy of spatial-effects.com)
Example, there are companies that offer you a geodesic home made out of concrete, or plywood, offering hundreds of designs and sizes, and various lengths of time it takes to build or assemble.
There's another class of geodesic dome manufacturers that produce domes for primarily commercial interests like covering large tanks or sports stadiums.
What I'm attempting is a little of both. As a home design, it's a clear departure from all dome companies out there due to the size of the dome and how it's used in relationship to the house inside. It's much larger dome (33 meters across), and a detached home is assembled inside the outer shell dome (that isn't a dome).
It could be said that it’s closer to the commercial type dome in that the dome part is primarily sheltering the house and gardens inside.
My idea isn't new, and was first conceptualized in the 60's. Any such design was termed Garden of Eden because the house and garden both lived within the shell or dome. What has made the Garden of Eden concept a dream instead of a reality is the cost. Material costs money, and when you want to cover a space that's 33 meters or 100 feet wide and 20 meters or 60 feet high, that's a lot of material exposed to the elements. Wood, Aluminum, Fiberglass, and any number of other materials simply make the idea cost prohibitive...Until hopefully now.
I believe I’ve found a fantastic combination of materials, some ancient, some cutting edge, which will finally bridge the gap of cost to strength enabling a home owner to finally live in a Garden of Eden.