Visit the Orange County College Planetarium; cladding a Monolithic Dome with metal; still time to sign up for Spring 2024 workshop; and a ‘House of Miracles’.
02 APRIL 2024

Explore the Universe
The New OCC Planetarium Inspires with Immersive Atmosphere and Galactic Design

After ten careful years of discussion and development, Orange Coast College modeled its new planetarium on our spiral Milky Way galaxy and placed a Monolithic Dome at its center.

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Orange Coast College Planetarium

The new Orange Coast College (OCC) Planetarium has a Monolithic Dome at its center. The structure surrounding the dome echoes the shape of our Milky Way galaxy. Ten years of planning and design went into creating the new facility.

OCC Planetarium…
Sustainable Shield: The Beauty and Benefits of Metal Cladding on Monolithic Domes

Metal cladding adds beauty, strength and sustainability to Monolithic Domes. It reduces the need for maintenance and can add decades of life to a dome. Steel shingles protect domes from extremes of temperature, UV light, and water absorption.

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Spring 2024 Workshop Starts Tuesday

There’s still room to attend the Spring 2024 Monolithic Dome Builders Workshop. Get hands-on and classroom training starting Tuesday, April 16, 2024. The five-day course includes applying foam, hanging steel rebar, and spraying shotcrete. Save $250 over on-site tuition if you sign up by Saturday.

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Cliffdome: The David B. South Family’s First Monolithic Dome Home

Cliffdome is an 8,000-square-foot Monolithic Dome residence built in 1979 on the South Menan Butte near Menan, Idaho. It was the first Monolithic Dome home designed by and for Judy Lynne and David B. South’s family. They dubbed the house Cliffdome because of its perch on a 30-foot cliff above the confluence of the north and south forks of the Snake River. Tours of the home were given up to four times a week to people from all over the world.

The Orion Monolithic Dome Home

The Orion is Gary Clark’s Monolithic Dome residence at the Monolithic Dome Research Park in Italy, Texas. Built in 1999, it is the prototype and namesake of the Orion Style Monolithic Dome construction process. It was the first dome constructed using a single-sided form for the stemwalls, and integrated the stemwall-dome construction.

Orion Dome Home…
Stonebridge: An Early Monolithic Dome Home

Stonebridge is a triple Monolithic Dome Home built by Jack Boyt in 1980 in Des Moines, Iowa. Stonebridge is a 2,180-square-foot, two-level home. The exterior was renewed with metal cladding in 2022.

Stonebridge Dome Home…
Living Arts College

Living Arts College is a state-of-the-art campus with three connected Monolithic Domes on eight acres in Raleigh, North Carolina. Designed to house the cutting edge of digital arts and design equipment, media and curriculum, the complex was completed in 2004.

Living Arts College…
Inspiring Curved Architecture: ‘House of Miracles’

The Casa de los Milagros (House of Miracles) in Coatepec, Mexico, is an amazing example of curved architecture. This giant home—1000 square meters or over 10,000 square feet—seems like it was “grown” rather than built. The architect, Danilo Veras Godoy, didn’t use traditional blueprints, but rather depended on conversations with the family to inform the design. Curved structures like this are an inspiration and many of the ideas can be implemented using air-forming technology.

Naser Nader Ibrahim Photo Gallery…
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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