5 reasons why a geodesic living dome is a convenient and economic solution to our modern housing needs:
- Geodesic living domes are quick to construct; even a very large dome – say, 60′ in diameter – can be constructed in a matter of a few days. They are deconstructed in half the time, and when disassembled are compact enough to fit into the back of a pickup truck.
- Geodesic living domes are built to last; designed to handle hurricane-force winds, large earthquakes and heavy snowstorms – rest assured – a living dome is a very safe place to be in the case of a natural disaster. The frame can be custom engineered to meet the specific requirements of your local planning department.
- Geodesic living domes are durable; the open-air theater in Elpse, Germany is made of the same architectural fabric commonly used in dome construction today, and has been up since the 70’s. The dome is said to be the strongest, most economical, lightweight structure in the world.
- Dome construction requires very few building materials and with the right ventilation system energy costs stay low, due to the curved interior which allows for optimal air circulation.
- The geodesic dome cover is literally a blank canvas which can either be designed to discreetly blend in to the background, or to be a stand out, unique and personalized statement.
Buckminster Fuller first popularized the concept of the “geodesic shelter dome” over 50 years ago, and although Fuller’s utopian vision of sustainable housing has not yet been realized, today there are active pockets of dome enthusiasts, including both “Off-the-Gridders” – enlivened by ancient geometry and a Back to Basics lifestyle – and innovation devotees, inspired by modern advances in structural engineering.
Why a dome? Because domes will save you money. Fixed expenses are on the rise; food, gas, rent, and the cost of home ownership are all going up, and many people are looking for alternative solutions to help ease the load. A geodesic living dome will allow you to live “mortgage free”, and will also save you money on energy costs – there are reports that dome owners save an average of 30% on their annual energy expenses! According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, in 2007 the average individual spent $4,089 on their energy needs alone.
High load-bearing ratings, simple construction, low-cost per square foot, and easy transportability make the geodesic living dome an attractive option for many people. Is it time to “live outside the box”?