Jeffrey the Natural Builder constructed a tiny geodesic dome cabin located deep in the woods of Aprovecho, Cottage Grove, OR. His aim was to create a well-built cabin cheaply, using materials destined for the landfill where possible. Built from reclaimed materials and finished with an earthen plaster, the dome is both a sustainable and serene place to unwind far away from the city.
The project began with an idea: by reducing the size of a house, Jeffrey could increase the space he lives in; a smaller home would force him outside and into nature.
Because he felt that much of the western world has become a “throw-away” society, he wanted to integrate as many recycled and low-impact materials into his design as possible. Moreover, because the knowledge of the value of materials is being lost, he knew that if he limited his materials palette, he would be required to use techniques and materials he is not familiar with, thus building his understanding and reducing waste.
The cabin is quite small, with room for only a bed, a desk and a small wood stove for winter heat. The geodesic dome shape was inspired by his stay in a beautifully crafted 30-foot wide dome house a few years ago in Dunster, BC. The lack of empty corners in the dome gives him a feeling of being enveloped by a space in a unique and comforting way, and for more practical reasons, the structure could more easily be constructed from reclaimed materials.
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