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.

Domes are Great for Extreme Weather!

"New Nglepen" was built after Yogyakarta suffered a massive earthquake in 2016. This video shows another way dome homes are eco-friendly and perfect for places with extreme weather.  We constructed a temperature experiment to show how narually insulated domes are!

Domes & Global Aid

We are proud to be in the 2017 DIHAD Global Aid Directory!  

HDomes builds EcoShells and monolithic Domes.  We supply the training, equipment and techniques to aid in disaster recovery and reconstruction as well as large scale urban redevelopment.  Our EcoShell construction system allows for the rapid construction of a large number of inexpensive houses and community buildings. Our structures are built using local labor and materials, the are earthquake/hurricane/fire proof with a very long life expectancy and low on-going maintenance requirements.  EcoShells provide the local community with income, skills and the ability to literally rebuild their lives. 


Maniche, Haiti

Maniche, Haiti

Our rapidly build community buildings can be used as schools, clinics, police stations, places of worship and food storage facilities.  By utilizing the local workforce, we give the end users a stake in the project and ownership in the finished product. We have worked for WANGO (World Association of NGO's) on a large scale reconstruction project in Indonesia and for Haiti H.E.R>O. on a large orphanage project in Haiti amongst many others.  We have build climate controlled buildings, residential and commercial, as well as large Tornado shelters for FEMA in the US and around the world.  FEMA rate our buildings as "near absolute protection." 

Together we can build communities and shelter that will last life times. 


Why Domes are a Solution to Global Housing Shortages

"New Nglepen" in yogyakartawas built after 2016 earthquake. 

"New Nglepen" in yogyakartawas built after 2016 earthquake. 

Domes provide a wonderful option for addressing housing shortages around the globe.

As our populations continue to grow, affordable and adequate housing is becoming increasingly imperative for communities around the globe. Housing shortages most impact the poorest countries and communities that lack a strong infrastructure to address their housing problem. Natural disasters, such as earthquakes, fires and floods also contribute to many housing shortages around the world.  

Domes are disaster proof and relatively low cost.

Domes are cost effective!  Domes will survive earthquakes, fires and floods, and last hundreds of years - giving communities in disaster prone areas future security.  Our domes are built using Basalt which does not expand or shrink with extreme weather, preventing cracks or weaknesses in the cement. Domes are also naturally very well insulated, saving communities energy.  Using the same building techniques, Domes can serve as houses, community centers, schools and medical facilities.

Building a Community

We not only build domes, we also educate people about sustainable housing, employing local contractors and workers, and empowering the community by creating a real sense of home.  The dome home community "New Nglepen" [seen above] was built after Yogyakarta suffered a massive earthquake in 2016. Dome homes provided them with eco-friendly housing, perfect for extreme weather.