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It was pioneered by Nicoló’s father Dante, who built the first Binishell in 1964 (which is still standing today.)

This strange building technique combines an ancient building material with a modern-day aesthetic. It was pioneered by Nicoló’s father Dante, who built the first Binishell in 1964 (which is still standing today.) As the concrete sets around the form and structural support, an air pump is used to fill the bladder beneath. The concrete rises to reach its final shape, after which the bladder is deflated and removed for reuse. The tiny bubble-shaped structures are meant to be permanent homes and, according to Nicoló, have survived extreme conditions such as lava, ash and earthquakes on Mount Etna for 50 years.

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There are over 1,600 Binishells built across the globe, ranging from those 120 feet in diameter to tiny bungalows built in developing countries. Nicoló believes the structures can be implemented to different typologies-schools, military bases and stadiums. The construction costs for Binishells start at $3,500 and concrete mixes and rebar can be locally sourced or bought almost anywhere.

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  1. disnetekke January 18, 2015 at 3:59 am

    A wonderful concept. Will you be able to deliver to South Africa?

    I am about to start the pension years and this is something I would be able to afford.

    Kind regards

    Ester Sasser

  2. Peter Lang December 7, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    a great power source for these binishells would be hydrogen from water
    you can use photonics and sonocatalysis to do this:

  3. prince12345 September 8, 2014 at 7:52 am

    Please send me contact details.

  4. Pamela August 21, 2014 at 3:55 am

    Where is the toilet and bathroom and why is there a kitchen sink outside?

  5. gaetanomarano August 3, 2014 at 11:52 am

    smart idea

  6. Siv Söderlund July 29, 2014 at 6:16 am

    absolutly wonderful…where can i buy this?

  7. cristobal.aramayo July 28, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    I would like to have more information about it. work in a company contruccion

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