Grid-Free Dome from NRJA
No Rules Just Architecture, a Latvian company, has developed a geodesic dome that can operate in just about any weather condition and is completely self-sustaining. It is cheaper to build than a standard house and saves energy by using natural resources wisely. This could save you quite a bit of money — if not completely eliminate your utility bills.
The dome is a durable structure that is both attractive and appealing. Laminate, metal and insulation rest on a thin slab of concrete and rubber. The dome is designed to cool and heat naturally. A system of ducts that runs underground creates the proper airflow for cooling the structure. Heating is taken care of by a built-in fireplace. The insulation holds in the heat or cold.
You won’t have to take ice-cold showers, either. The water tank is heated using rooftop solar panels. It also provides warm water for use in the kitchen. You can collect rainwater so you won’t have to be hooked up to electric or water utilities.
By using a unique design, the architects have eked out nearly 1,300 square feet from the dome. The internal structure is self-supporting, which not only helps to strengthen the structure, but it also separates the home into separate living spaces.
A wooden staircase leads up to the two bedrooms on the second floor. There’s even a small outdoor patio off to one side. The dome itself is supposed to be easy to fold, which is helpful if you want to move.
The prototype is under construction. You can’t see one in action yet, but you can be sure that when it is ready there will be plenty of buzz. Stay tuned to learn more about this exciting new housing option.