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Monolithic Domes

"All architecture is shelter, all great architecture is the design of space that contains, cuddles, exalts, or stimulates the persons in that space." ~Philip Johnson

An Engineer's Aspect: Housing in Tornado Alley--Why?

An Engineer's Aspect: Housing in Tornado Alley--Why?

This is Bruco, whose name is the Italian word for caterpillar, our manufacturing plant in Italy, Texas. We cool this sprawling facility with a 5-ton AC unit, and in cold weather, we heat it just by leaving the lights on all night. Note: Domes look half as big from the outside as they do from the the inside. —

The History of Thin-Shells and Monolithic Domes — The Monolithic Dome can be attributed to David B. South (1939-), president of the Monolithic Dome Institute, and his brothers – Barry and Randy South. They developed an efficient method for building a strong dome using a continuous spray-in-place process. —

Ecoshell Construction at The Monolithic Dome Institute's September 2012 Workshop

Inside Bruco, The Texas Italian Caterpillar (Monolithic's Airform Manufacturing Facility)

Rental Units at The Monolithic Dome Institute

Basalt Rebar Reinforced Concrete Planters at MDI

The Monolithic Dome Institute's Visitor's Center--Open 24 Hours

A Rainbow over a Rental at The Monolithic Dome Insitute

Guinea Fowl atop a Monolithic Fence at MDI

David B South, President of The Monolithic Dome Institute with Patents

Concrete Rail Fence with Basalt Rebar Reinforcing at MDI

Charca Casa - The President's Home at The Monolithic Dome Institute