Small Homes

Ecodomes – the new tiny home movement

Eco-Dome is one of those ideas that really grab ones imagination. The finished design really conjures up the most exotic imagery of space-age adobe homes. In fact, for most people the Eco-Dome will quickly stimulate the imagination, with its sleek curves and innate possibilities. Cal-Earth and architect Nader are behind the Eco-Dome concept, which definitely makes use of the energy saving concept of building with what is on hand.

The Eco-Dome idea has a lot going for it. One of its strong points is that it is very environmentally friendly. The Eco-Dome concept uses no wood or trees of any kind, instead opting for what are called Superadobe coils. The Superadobe coils are a very interesting idea. These Superadobe coils are building coils that have been filled with either a mixture of soil and cement or lime and stabilized ecodome Eco Dome is a Brilliant Conceptearth. In short, with Eco-Dome in turns out that you are building an earth home, partially solidified with lime or cement. This is a simple idea, but very clever one.

They currently offer plans for both 400 square foot models ($2,400) and 800 square foot models ($3,200). These prices include no building materials and just cover blueprints and engineering calculations. However, there is little doubt that a Eco-Dome or Double Eco-Dome could be constructed at greatly reduced rate over a traditional wood or brick and mortar home.

One look at the websites photos and you realize that the concept has some real power. This idea could be especially good for warmer climates.

While visiting the site, take a look at one of the other concepts for an emergency sandbag shelter. This structure truly looks like something out of a science fiction film. The inspiration for the design is to take the beehive or the seashell, which are among the strongest shapes in nature, and use that as a template. Khalili states on his site, The strongest structures in nature which work in tune with gravity, friction, minimum exposure and maximum compression, are arches, domes and vault forms. And they can be easily learned and utilize the most available material on earth: Earth. He makes a great case for his point and illuminates the question, why dont we build more this way?