Spring Workshop discount ends Tuesday; sweeping thin-shell museum in Japan; and a new dome home takes shape.
17 MARCH 2023

Airform Inflation Celebration
The Shamrock Chateau is, or at least was, for sale

While the house has sold, we still want to talk about this beautiful dome home because it’s unique, plus it’s the residence of retired Monolithic Dome designer Larry Byrne and his wonderful wife, Marilee. They designed and constructed a genuinely unique Monolithic Dome home, and we want to give it — and them — a proper sendoff.

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Shamrock Chateau Monolithic Dome Home

The Shamrock Chateau is a Monolithic Dome home in Italy, Texas at the Monolithic Dome Research Park. The house was constructed in 1999 for Larry and Marilee Byrne — Larry was the chief designer at Monolithic from 1983 to 2016. They named the home Shamrock Chateau in honor of Larry’s Irish and French/Italian ancestry.

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“Marilee,” She Comes Around

“Whoever built that ought to be shot!” So said Marilee Byrne the first time she saw a Monolithic Dome. Now, nearly twenty years later, Marilee often recalls that story as she welcomes visitors to her spacious dome home in Italy, Texas, designed by Larry Byrne, Marilee’s husband and MDI’s vice president of marketing and design. The interior of this Monolithic Dome dream home consists of 2660 square feet in three domes, with diameters of 30, 40 and 32 feet.

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Sign up by Tuesday to save $500 on the Spring 2023 Monolithic Dome Builders Workshop

A workshop attendee shows what it means to be hands-on at a Monolithic Dome Builders Workshop. It’s more than a class; it’s an experience. Come get your hands dirty this April and join other dome enthusiasts in Dawson, Texas, building a real Monolithic Dome. Save $500 with the Early Bird Discount by signing up before Tuesday, March 21, 2023.

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Maggie Chu celebrates Airform inflation for her new dome home

The Airform for Maggie Chu’s new Monolithic Dome home on the east coast of central Florida went off without a hitch and was cause for celebration. This now completed dome features beautiful ¾ circle extended augments over the front and back door and elliptically topped extended augments for the windows.

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Dome Living Book

Dome Living is a comprehensive planning guide. It includes invaluable know-how for anyone planning a Monolithic Dome home—no matter what style, size, or location. Ordering your very own copy of Dome Living is easy and fast! In just minutes, you can download this practical, informative ebook to your iPad, iPhone, Android Smartphone, Kindle Fire, any computer, or any device capable of displaying a PDF.

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A sweeping concrete thin shell museum

Today we highlight the Teshima Art Museum in Japan—a beautiful concrete thin-shell structure that “resembles a water droplet at the moment of landing.” The white freeform shell is about 40 by 60 meters (131′ × 196′) with a maximum height of 4.3 meters (14′) and appears to rise from the surrounding fields. “Two oval openings in the shell allow wind, sounds, and light of the world outside into this organic space where nature and architecture intimately interconnect.” Photo by Denis Kovalev on Unsplash

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Is there a dome in your area?

We are always looking for news about domes and curved architecture. Is there a dome in your area? Is one being built nearby? Are you building a dome and want to announce an open house, Airform inflation, or just want to brag about your building? Please, let us know. Just reply to this email and tell us all about it.

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