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. 

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