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NRJA reveals plans for an off-the-grid foldable geodesic dome house

NRJA reveals plans for an off-...
Latvian architectural firm NRJA has revealed its plans to produce an off-the-grid geodesic dome
Latvian architectural firm NRJA has revealed its plans to produce an off-the-grid geodesic dome
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Latvian architectural firm NRJA has revealed its plans to produce an off-the-grid geodesic dome
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Latvian architectural firm NRJA has revealed its plans to produce an off-the-grid geodesic dome
Dubbed DOM(E), the prefabricated structure can endure the coldest or warmest of climates
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Dubbed DOM(E), the prefabricated structure can endure the coldest or warmest of climates
The interior design of the DOM(E) features an independent and self-supporting internal structure
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The interior design of the DOM(E) features an independent and self-supporting internal structure
The dome’s exterior is made with a prefabricated frame and fitted with 9-mm (0.35-in) fiber concrete slabs with a liquid rubber finish
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The dome’s exterior is made with a prefabricated frame and fitted with 9-mm (0.35-in) fiber concrete slabs with a liquid rubber finish
Fresh air constantly circulates through the home via four points of an underground duct system and an adjustable exit point located at the top of the dome
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Fresh air constantly circulates through the home via four points of an underground duct system and an adjustable exit point located at the top of the dome
Due to its circular shape, the home features a clever use of a relatively small space
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Due to its circular shape, the home features a clever use of a relatively small space
The dome’s exterior is made with a prefabricated frame composed of a series of triangles
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The dome’s exterior is made with a prefabricated frame composed of a series of triangles
A wooden staircase leads to two elevated bedrooms
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A wooden staircase leads to two elevated bedrooms
The home features wooden floorboards which extend out through double glass doors onto a small wooden deck
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The home features wooden floorboards which extend out through double glass doors onto a small wooden deck
DOM(E) by NRJA
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DOM(E) by NRJA
The interior design of the DOM(E) features an independent and self-supporting internal structure
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The interior design of the DOM(E) features an independent and self-supporting internal structure
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Latvian architectural firm NRJA has revealed its plans to produce an off-the-grid geodesic dome with an interior that looks like it should be inside a luxury two-story home. The team of young architects, with an average age of 25, has come up with a compelling design which is set to hit production in the coming months. Dubbed DOM(E), the prefabricated structure can endure the coldest or warmest of climates and due to its circular shape, it features a clever use of a relatively small space (120 sq m / 1,291 sq ft).

The interior design of the DOM(E) features an independent and self-supporting internal structure, which not only acts as a structural aid but also divides the interior space into separate living quarters. The centerpiece is made from laminated timber with metal mounts and a central chimney which pierces through the center of the dome.

It also incorporates a wooden staircase which leads to two elevated bedrooms and several interior walls which make up the bathroom, kitchen and living areas. In addition, the home features wooden floorboards which extend out through double glass doors onto a small wooden deck for outdoor living.

The interior design of the DOM(E) features an independent and self-supporting internal structure
The interior design of the DOM(E) features an independent and self-supporting internal structure

The dome’s exterior is made with a prefabricated frame and fitted with 9-mm (0.35-in) fiber concrete slabs with a liquid rubber finish and window panels. The frame is padded with 200-mm (7.87-in) -thick insulation, and birch plywood is used to cover the internal walls.

In terms of sustainability, the DOM(E) features a natural air and energy exchange. Fresh air constantly circulates through the home via four points of an underground duct system and an adjustable exit point located at the top of the dome. Coupled with the central fireplace, this flow of air also enables the entire interior space to be heated during the winter season.

Rooftop solar panels are used to heat the home’s water supply, and a water collection system located around the perimeter of the structure can be connected to a tank or be used for gardening.

According to NRJA, the DOM(E) is “easily foldable” and cheap to construct, however we may have to wait until the first prototype is complete to see if this really is the case. The NRJA architects have promised to answer our queries once the project is fully ready, so stay tuned and we’ll be sure to keep you updated.

Source: NRJA via Arch Daily

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4 comments
Matt Fletcher
I really like geodesic dome houses, especially the domespace design, but something tells me this one isn't all it's talked up to be. Pictures of the bathroom, kitchen and the bedrooms at eye level were not included. I wonder why?
A bigger dome allows for higher ceilings on the second floor but on this smaller dome the walls will be cutting in to close, not allow for any furniture to rest against the sides and feel like the ceilings are closing in. Something tells me it's not as clean or as user friendly as it appears in these pictures. Just needs to be a little bigger for most to enjoy.
Kevin Frothngham
It's strength is portability.
Ben O'Brien
It looks like it should be a full ball to make a basement as well.