Dome Homes: The Home of the Future
Most homes in America have never been more traditional than ever: they have four walls. However, there is a growing housing sector that tears down this structural tradition: the dome home.
The shape and intrinsic structural stability of the dome make it exceptionally stronger than a usual family home. Domes can endure almost anything, from extreme weather to wildfires to bombs.
There are several types of dome homes but concrete monolithic domes are proven to be the safest, aside from their reputation for being very energy-efficient. They need but a minimum of energy to keep their interior comfortable – around one-fourth of what equivalent non-dome homes would use. Compared to insulated metal buildings and homes enveloped in airtight wraps, they’re even notably more energy-efficient.
On top of that, the Federal Emergency Management Agency describes them as buildings with “near-absolute” protection from the strongest tornadoes and hurricanes.
Monolithic dome homes are also known for their longevity, their lifespans being measured in centuries and not decades. Additionally, these super-structures require very minimal maintenance.
Yet another significant advantage offered by monolithic dome homes is protection from EMP (ElectroMagnetic Pulse), a burst of electromagnetic radiation caused high-energy natural or man-made explosions.
Another type of dome home is known as a geodesic dome, which makes use of triangular elements and provides noteworthy protection to occupants as well. But because they have so many seams, their monolithic counterparts are still stronger, although they are as energy-efficient (as much as 50% savings).
An architect by the name of Buckminster Fuller was the first to popularize the geodesic home back in the 1940s and 1950s, inspired by the Spaceship Earth dome, the most famous geo-dome in the world found at Disney World.
Those who believed in Buckminster’s idea went on to construct their own homes and later sold the idea to people around them.
Geodesic homes cost about $120 to $150 per square foot – quite economical with the potential to cost even less if mass-produced the way average homes are. If home domes cost a bit higher, it’s mainly because they need custom work and parts to build them, and that is reasonable without question.
The only weird thing about home domes might be their look, which is apparently beyond the ordinary American’s expectation of how a home must be designed. Even with all the great architectural strides the industry has taken to make these domes more conventional-looking, there is no denying that they are still curved buildings. Still, there is a growing community of people who are willing to widen their perspectives and stretch their imaginations when it comes to what a home should look like.