It’s no longer something you see in Star Trek or some sci-fi movie! Amazing futuristic architecture is happening now, and you’re likely to live long enough to see dreams, once considered far-off future goals, realized. Soon you, too, can be living the life of your dreams!
According some futuristic companies, such as Pacific Domes International, urban planners are progressively employing geodesic dome design into futuristic architecture. Recently, Pacific Domes published a series of blogs entitled, “Dome Cities: A Positive Timeline for Humanity’s Future.”
The best news is you can soon forget about paying those high-interest mortgages on your house. What’s so amazing is that in the very near future you’ll be able to buy a modest 3-D printed Dwell Dome home for less than the price of a new car! Futuristic 3D-Printed Houses
Can’t wait to Build or Retrofit Your Futuristic Dwell Dome Home?
You may be as excited as Pacific Domes at the speed that futuristic architecture, technology and building materials are evolving. Here’s a few ecoliving ideas worth exploring that are coming our way and will forever transform housing:
3D-printed Dwell Domes: With an eye to the future, Pacific Domes is excited about the future of 3D-printed Dwell Dome houses and has been working on a 3-D prototype. In keeping with sustainable practices, Pacific Domes plans to use eco-friendly materials in construction of their futuristic sustainable dwellings. Stay tuned!
The race is on with the unveiling of the first permitted 3D-printed American home in Austin, Texas (March 2018)! Picture using the same 3D-printing technology to design your very own Dwell Dome.
Elon Musk’s Tesla company first developed solar panel roofing tiles to give solar power an aesthetic appeal. Now, thanks to Tesla’s new ‘Powerwall,’ going off-grid with your Dwell Dome is entirely possible!
Must See! A major victory over lowering our carbon foot-print!
Why Tesla’s “Powerwall” Battery Is Amazing (3:55 min)
Solar Paint for your Dwell Dome: Thanks to a growing number of innovative technologies and initiatives, using clean Solar Energy to power homes is becoming easier. A new innovation out of Australia is poised to make clean energy even more appealing.
More Futuristic Architectural Building Materials
Shotcrete: Concerned about microwave technology overload? Composed of a mineral called magnetite, the Shotcrete formula is ideal for guarding against the damaging effects of electromagnetic pulses, which disrupt human biofields, among other harmful effects. Shotcrete is available as a spray-on solution, so retrofitting your new or existing semi-permanent dome to a permanent structure is claimed to be quick and easy.
Aerogel Insulation: An environmentally friendly alternative to traditional insulation materials, aerogels have been found to be up to 4X’s more effective than fiberglass, and over 8X’s more energy-efficient than polyurethane.
Cool Brick: Inspired by the concept of evaporative cooling, Cool Brick us a latticed and porous 3D-printed ceramic brick set in a mortar-like substrate. Warm air passes through each brick’s network of tiny holes, heating the water contained in each of the pores. As the water is heated, it evaporates, cooling the air and lowering a building’s temperature in the process. The shape of the brick creates a shaded wall that keeps the surface cool and protected from the sun.
Graphene: This 2-dimensional honeycomb lattice is the thinnest material on Earth. However, it’s up to 200X’s stronger than steel. Its strength and unlimited building potential has generated world-wide interest. Ongoing R&D is underway to make it less cost prohibitive.
Why Dwell Domes? Can Geodesic Architecture Create a Sustainable Future?
“Because of its aerodynamic structure, the geodesic dome is built to withstand Nature’s extremes.” — Pacific Domes, Inc.
Geodesic design can be found everywhere in Nature, but why and when should you consider using dome architecture vs. conventional building methods?
* According to The New Acropolis Library, geodesic domes are 5 times stronger than a rectangular house
* Geodesic domes’ strength lend totheir resilience during natural disasters such as fires,earthquakes and hurricanes.
Geodesic Dwell Domes for a Sustainable Ecoliving Future
Domes have gained world-wide popularity as non-traditional housing solutions in eco-tourism, glamping and even relief situations. They have had a huge impact in other markets as well. Due to their portability, economical building costs and sustainability, ecoliving domes solve many ecologic and economic challenges traditional building methods and materials can’t or don’t address.
Domes are suited to most types of terrains, are fully deployable and can be erected in hours with simple hand ratcheting tools. The spacious dome interior offers limitless possibilities for creativity. Its circular design encloses the greatest volume of interior space with the least amount of surface area.
Concepts Behind Geodesic Dome Architecture
As per the Buckminster Fuller Institute, geodesic domes are the strongest, lightest and most efficient structure yet known to man. Buckminster ‘Bucky’ Fuller, father of the modern geodesic dome, received many awards throughout his life-long career, and the American Institute of Architects awarded him the Gold Medal in 1970 for inventing the strongest structure known to man.
‘Bucky’ Fuller demonstrated the difference in strength between a rectangle and a triangle by applying pressure to both structures. The triangle proved to be twice as strong and remained rigid while the unstable rectangle collapsed.
Fuller also discovered that a sphere created from triangles had unparalleled strength. This led to the “doing more with less” principle and the geodesic dome.
Fuller reintroduced the idea that when the dome’s diameter is doubled it will quadruple its square footage and produce eight times its volume. A dome encloses the largest volume of interior space with the least amount of surface area, thus saving on materials and cost.
Dwell Domes Are Energy Efficient Shelters, Too!
Geodesic dome shelters have been built all around the world in various climates, proving to be the most efficient human shelter one can find.
A dome’s structure is one of the most efficient interior spaces because air and energy circulate without obstruction. This enables natural heating and cooling.
Specifically, a Dwell Dome is energy efficient for the following reasons:
- Its decreased surface area requires less building materials
- Exposure to cold in winter and heat in summer is decreased, due to less surface area per unit of volume.
- The concave interior creates a natural airflow, allowing hot or cool air to flow evenly throughout the dome with the help of return air ducts.
- Extreme wind turbulence is lessened, because winds contributing to heat loss flow evenly around the dome.
- It acts like a giant downward reflector that concentrates interior heat, preventing radiant heat loss.
- Dome studies, comparing same-size traditional homes, have shown a 30% energy savings.
What Does Futuristic Dome Architecture Look Like?
Unveiled November 2017, this luminous dome is the cultural centerpiece of Beijing, China’s new futuristic library. The Tianjin Binhai public library features curvilinear bookshelves that line the walls from floor to ceiling and receives more than 15,000 visitors each month.
MVRDV, a futuristic architecture firm based in the Netherlands, designed the monumental structure that was built in record-breaking time… just 3 years. It could soon become one of the hottest tourist attractions in the world.
Professor Winy Maas, co-founder of MVRDV and founder of a futuristic think-tank ‘The Why Factory,’ was quoted as saying, “We opened the building by creating a beautiful public space inside; a new urban living room is its center. The bookshelves are great spaces to sit and at the same time allow for access to the upper floors. The angles and curves are meant to stimulate different uses of the space, such as reading, walking, meeting and discussion. Together, they form the ‘eye’ of the building: to see and be seen.”
Take a Peek into China’s Futuristic − New 1.2 Million-Book Library ― TIME (1:46 min)
China opened the doors of its new, futuristic library earlier this month. The Tianjin Binhai Library, located just outside Beijing, features a luminous spherical atrium with bookshelves lining the walls from floor to ceiling.