Palapa Pineapple dome home inflated airform

Twighlight image of the inflated dome home in Belize. When complete, the homeowners hope their “Palapa Pineapple” will appear as an actual, large pineapple on the island.

Rooftop of Palapa Pineapple dome home

Construction progress photo shows the nearly completed top floor “scenic area.” The homeowners and visitors have a 360-degree view from the open deck.

The Palapa Pineapple is a beach-front Monolithic Dome home on Caye Caulker, Belize owned by David and Mary Spellings. It’s a tall, prolate ellipsoid — 25.5-feet (7.8 m) diameter by 40-feet (12.2 m) tall — divided into four levels plus a rooftop patio.

The ground floor is a 508 square foot (47.2 m²) open space with four large, gated openings. It will normally be a garage, but during severe weather, storm surge can pass through openings. The iron gates are decorated with pineapples.

A curved staircase leads to the 570 square foot (53 m²) living room and kitchen on the second floor. Two covered patio decks stick out from the front and back of the second floor. The third floor is a 379 square foot (26 m²) bedroom that’s open to the living room below. An office/loft fills the 420 square foot (39 m²) fourth floor. And finally, a spiral staircase leads to the fifth level which is an open, 180 square foot (16.75 m²) scenic area on the roof.

With a thatched roof overhead, the scenic area allows 360-degree views of the island and ocean. When complete, the finished home will look like a pineapple.