Golden Eye dome home

Golden Eye is the home of Margaret Clayton in Port Saint Joe, Florida. When she and her late husband lived in the Bahamas, they found that all homes were named so when she built this home, she named it “Golden Eye.” The house is situated on Beacon Hill — only 12-feet (3.6 m) above sea level — near Mexico Beach on the Florida panhandle. A half-mile walk (1 km) leads to a beautiful beach on the Gulf of Mexico. … read more

Gypsum crystal

Gypsum is a calcium sulfate mineral, mined from large natural deposits found all over the world. About three-fourths of gypsum is used in building materials such as gypsum board — also called wallboard, drywall or Sheetrock — as well as concrete, plaster, and more. It is also a fertilizer mainly used for soil conditioning. … read more

Eagle Event Center
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Before the sun came up on a cold December morning, the crew turned on the four large blowers that were to inflate the structure. They said it should take about three hours to completely inflate, which gave my team plenty of time to set up the four time-lapse cameras, a drone, and several ground video cameras. Next thing we knew, the roof was up within minutes, including that big heavy ring. We were not ready! Think about this, an entire weather-sealed, full-size gymnasium was completely standing in about 45 minutes! … read more

Domes of all sizes and purposes have been built for thousands of years. Widely regarded as the earliest known examples of dome-shaped structures, the huts built from mammoth bones found in Ukraine in the 1960s are believed to be about 15,000 years old. More recent examples of historic domes include the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey, and the Pantheon in Rome, Italy.  … read more

The first Monolithic Dome home sits atop a cliff overlooking the Snake River in Menan, Idaho.

Hundreds of Monolithic Dome homes have been built all over the world as beach houses, rental units, multi-story homes, mountain cabins, tiny houses, multi-generational housing, and even underground homes. This list will continually be updated, as it is just a small sampling of the many Monolithic Dome homes families enjoy every day.  … read more

A Monolithic Dome home is more than concrete and steel. It’s a feeling. A feeling of warmth on a cold winter’s night. A feeling of serenity during a terrible storm. A feeling of beauty as light fills vaulted rooms. Living in a dome changes your expectations of how a house should perform. … read more

Satellite image of Hurricane Keith

Like the wolf of Three-Little-Pigs fame, Hurricane Keith huffed and puffed and literally blew homes down, but unlike our fairy tale wolf, Keith didn’t stop there. From Friday, September 29 to Sunday, October 1, 2000, Keith — a force 4 hurricane with winds up to 135 mph — raged over Ambergris Caye off the coast of Belize in the Caribbean Sea. With the ease of a giant weeding his garden, Keith uprooted trees, flattened buildings, overturned aircraft, and jettisoned boats onto rocks. Meanwhile, the severe, three-day rains Keith brought with him caused floods and mudslides, swept jetties away, and downed power lines. … read more

Hurricane Michael was a Category 5 hurricane which struck the Florida Panhandle in 2018. … read more

The International Code Council (ICC) standard for the Design and Construction of Storm Shelters. The ICC-500 is similar to the FEMA specification. … read more

The Monolithic Dome industry making news across the country and the world. … read more

Michael South is the General Manager of Monolithic and a contributor to the Monolithic Dome Institute. … read more

Mile Hi Church Sanctuary
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“We’ve built a work of heart!” On its website that’s how Mile Hi Church in Lakewood, Colorado talks about its new sanctuary — a huge Monolithic Dome that called for an Airform of over 55,000 square feet. Opened in April 2008, the dome has a diameter of 233 feet, a height of 63 feet, a seating capacity of 1500, and a balcony that will eventually accommodate 600 more. … read more

Mile Hi Church Sanctuary

The Mile Hi Church Sanctuary is a 233-foot (71 m) diameter by 63-foot (19.2 m) tall Monolithic Dome. It is the third, and largest structure on the Mile Hi Church campus in Lakewood, Colorado. The huge dome required a 55,000 square foot (5100 m²) inflatable Airform membrane. The sanctuary seats 1,500 with plans to add a 600 seat balcony. The wooden stage features movable towers and platforms and can accommodate a 140-member choir. … read more

Great Dome at MIT

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Great Dome is a 100-foot (30.5 m) diameter concrete and limestone dome. It sits on top of Building 10 in the heart of the MIT campus. Completed in 1916, the whole building complex is an early example of steel reinforced, concrete construction. Building the dome required a grid-like scaffolding framework to create the dome shape which was then poured with concrete and covered with limestone blocks imported from Indiana. … read more

Monolithic Constructors, Inc., is the original Monolithic Dome construction company that started in 1980 by David, Barry, and Randy South. … read more