Domes + Architecture

Domes have been a part of architecture throughout our history. Domes have been constructed out of various materials around the world for centuries - animal bones, hay, clay, bricks, metal and now concrete. You can see the influence of domes in on a grand scale in these famous architectural feats like the Taj Mahal and the US Capitol.

The dome has also served in architecture for individual homes and community buildings, stretching back for centuries. These domes have provided shelter to different cultures. The igloo is commonly considered one of the older examples. These Zulu Huts are another example of dome homes.

Now, we at HDomes are building modern domes using airform, basalt, and shotcrete. This type of dome was pioneered by the three South brothers who founded Monolithic Domes. These domes share the same amazing features that have made dome homes appealing to cultures around the world.  Dome homes and buildings are eco-friendly by using less materials and being naturally insulated.  Domes are also incredibly structurally sound and will last for decades, withstanding natural disasters such as earthquakes, fires and hurricanes.

Building EcoShells Without Steel?

Why are we building EcoShells without steel? 

Steel reinforced concrete is an incredible invention that has allowed for the construction of all the major cities that exist today.  However, if water is allowed to reach the steel embedded in the concrete it corrodes the steel, causing it to expand and crack the concrete.  Most of the bridges in the US and around the world are suffering from this flaw that in some cases causes failure of the structure. 

We have started working with Basalt rebar on our EcoShell projects and have developed specific basalt products to help with the construction of EcoShells. 

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We are the first company to build viable EcoShells with absolutely no structural steel elements.  Using basalt to provide the tensile strength component in our concrete, we can build EcoShells that are structurally sound and will be unaffected by the possibility of steel corrosion. This allows less concrete to be used and the lifespan of the buildings to be greatly increased.