Prefab wooden dome home spins like a UFO to let sunlight in from every angle

by , 12/13/15


The wooden dome house is constructed largely from organic materials, including cedar, bamboo, and limestone. It has another eco-friendly feature, too, that allows the home to be more energy-efficient in a very peculiar way. Much like the sci-fi flying saucers it shares its shape with, this house can spin. At the push of a button, the entire home can rotate, allowing the owners to take fullest advantage of the sun (or shade) in any part of the house.

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The round, two-level home has very few interior walls, so there’s lots of usable space. The openness, combined with the serene surroundings, conveys an almost sacred feeling for guests. The wood-clad walls arch upward and meet in a single point at the center of the home’s 40-foot ceiling, which simultaneously reminds of a cathedral and a sauna.

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This amazing structure tucks three bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms, a full kitchen, library, and office into just 2,300 square feet, without feeling remotely cramped. Its relatively open floor plan and enormous curved windows work together to create the illusion of an expansive estate, all neatly packaged within the dome.

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Oh, and it’s for sale. This beautiful, curvaceous, rotating home can be yours for less than a cool million – in fact, prices were cut recently to just $899,000.

Via Curbed

Images via Douglas Elliman


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  1. Thomas Kritzer December 8, 2015 at 11:17 pm
    You said prefab, as in plans and kits are available, then tried to sell the model in situ. which is it?
  2. Jente Ameye October 19, 2015 at 9:17 am
    Cool concept but not that practical for e.g. interior installation of standard pieces. Everything has to be made on size. I've seen a more modular concept in the form of a dome built up from triangles.
  3. Ehaj Sidhu October 15, 2015 at 11:01 pm
    what was the overall pricing and costs of building all of this? and the land it is upon? I would love to know. I want to build my own galactic pad when i grow a little older.
  4. john lamenzo October 12, 2015 at 10:49 pm
    There is a concrete 'basement' in the center of the building. All water and electrical came in through that portal. It's hard to describe as I'm not an engineer! But it worked!
  5. John Lamenzo October 12, 2015 at 10:45 pm
    OK folks, I spent 6 months working on this DomeSpace 15 years ago in New Paltz, NY. It's not pre-fab! I spent hours cutting the ceiling slats, and equal time laying the sub-flooring. The only pre-fab elements in this project were the framing and custom steel pieces. This DomeSpace was designed in France, and the pre-fab pieces were shipped in 40' shipping containers. The exterior roofing shingles were also part of the pre-fab, but that was all. I can't tell you how many obstacles and unexpected problems we encountered. By the time December came, my custom construction experience was over. What you see here is the finished product. The owners were great people, but I lost contact with them and I guess this is their summer home! It was quite an experience and it took a lot more time than 3 months to complete.
  6. scubablueanteater October 12, 2015 at 4:13 am
    And how do we get this in the UK?
  7. angela denis October 11, 2015 at 11:58 pm
    would love to learn what it takes to build one in Arizona
  8. Tnen TN October 6, 2015 at 3:13 am
    Great design... (Y)
  9. BJ Marchini August 4, 2015 at 1:30 pm
    @richardspida Look up "slip ring" it's how you send electrical contact through something that has to spin. But aside from that, if this home only follows sunlight, it doesn't have to spin 360 degrees. After the sun sets, it can rotate back to it's home position in the opposite direction, therefore never making a full rotation.
  10. richard spida June 18, 2015 at 6:25 am
    How does one connect the hard-wired utilities (electrical, plumbing) to this rotating dome?