High winds and earthquakes should prove no match for a Biodomes homeView gallery - 16 images
The geodesic dome was made famous by Buckminster Fuller in the mid 20th Century and has remained popular with hobbyists ever since. Romania's Biodomes is the latest in a long line of firms to design houses centered around the geodesic dome and its models can operate off-the-grid and withstand severe earthquakes and winds.
Built from metal and either single, double, or triple-glazed glass, Biodomes currently offers over 20 different iterations of its eponymous product. Besides a turnkey option with all the furniture already installed and ready to move in, you can also order a greenhouse and indoor swimming pool, or just an empty shell to do with what you want.
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Either way, it should be very durable. Biodomes says that its homes can withstand earthquakes up to 8.5 on the Richter scale and winds of up to 320 km/h (198 mph). None of which is particularly surprising or even unique to Biodomes, as the geodesic dome has long been known to be earthquake- and wind-resistant.
So far, the firm has only built the smallest model, dubbed the Pollux, which comprises 19 sq m (204 sq ft) of floorspace, but says it can build domes up to 314 sq m (3,379 sq ft).
A representative told us that the firm can either partition one large dome into several rooms or multiple domes can each serve as a room, connected to the others by tunnel. The domes can also be built atop a stone wall to gain usable height while retaining their shape. They require a foundation and are non-movable.
To mitigate the fact that you'll be essentially living in a greenhouse, Biodomes says that magnetic blinds can be affixed for privacy and to reduce the sun's effects. However, the firm can also part-bury the dome to create an earth-sheltered home and this should improve thermal performance by a lot.
Off-grid tech is also an option and custom triangular solar panels and solar hot water heaters can be added to the domes.
Prices start at €1,000 (US$1,060) per sq m (10 sq ft). Delivery is available for the entire European Union, and possibly outside the EU too.