Eye of the Storm

The Eye of the Storm is a beautiful Monolithic Dome beach house right on the Atlantic shore of Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina. George Paul of Thermospheric Structures, Inc. built the house for his parents to replace the home they lost to Hurricane Hugo. He intended the home to be a shelter during a hurricane and be completely livable after the storm. George Paul designed Eye of the Storm to suggest a seashell that could be part of the beach itself. … read more

Eye of the Storm
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Located on Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina is a beautiful Monolithic Dome home known as “Eye of the Storm.” That beachfront property can be yours because the home is now up for sale. Listed at $4.9 million, this hurricane proof home is spread across 4,097 square feet. It features three bedrooms, five bathrooms, and other amenities and is one of the most well-known dome homes in the country. … read more

Eye of the Storm

It’s perhaps the best known of all the Monolithic Dome homes in the world, and it continues to make headlines every time a hurricane threatens the U.S. mainland. The Eye of the Storm on Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina, was the focus of another news feature after Hurricane Irene hit the East Coast. … read more

Monolithic Dome workshop graduation photo

We live with hope for a better future, yet we need to recognize the realities of today. COVID-19 cases are surging in Texas and across the US. There is no reason to believe the coronavirus pandemic will end anytime soon. We must accept that this is our new “normal” and plan accordingly. To that end, we are canceling the Fall 2020 Monolithic Dome Builders Workshop. … read more

Lincoln County Farm Center
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Children are generally the first to notice them, pointing up as they enter the Lincoln County Farm Center. “I think their perspective is magnified because they’re low,” said Mandy Myers, who runs the store with her mother, Nelda Matthews, and her sister, Mara Blackwell. “They immediately notice the ceiling. They’re the first to see the eagles.” … read more

In-depth, feature stories about Monolithic Dome structures as well as other interesting curved and thin-shell structures.  … read more

FEMA P-361 are the published guidelines by the Federal Emergency Management Agency for constructing tornado safe rooms for communities and residences. It provides guidance in qualifying, constructing, and managing these structures. FEMA offers grants to communities and schools at-risk areas for tornadoes to build safe-rooms that meet FEMA P-361 guidelines. … read more

Antique barbed wire plaque
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The fourth Monolithic Dome built outside Idaho was in Chandler, Oklahoma for Bill Matthews in 1978. I had written an article for a fertilizer magazine explaining how a Monolithic Dome would be a terrific fertilizer storage. Bill read the article and flew to Idaho to see our domes. We hadn’t built a fertilizer storage, yet. His would be the first and it opened the gates to fertilizer domes all along the Mississippi River. … read more

The first Monolithic Dome was a potato storage constructed in 1976 in Shelley, Idaho. The dome was 105-feet diameter by 35-feet tall. … read more

The Monolithic Dome Institute offers a free service to organizations seeking a Monolithic Dome for a school, church, safe room, sports facility, or storage. We have extensive files on structures built across all industries plus we have access to industry experts and professionals. We can help with an initial look at how a Monolithic Dome can fit a potential project. These evaluations are meant to give a ballpark idea of a basic look and price for a structure without a long-term commitment. … read more

Italy High School gymnasium
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Once the 2,000 residents of Italy, Texas, passed a $2 million bond for a multipurpose center, administrators began researching popular construction methods for school facilities. Superintendent Mike Clifton said, “Of course we were all familiar with the domes. We had a good overview. But we really had to see for ourselves, so we visited Thousand Oaks — a dome already operating — and we came away convinced.” … read more

Superintendent Mike Woods

The Eagle Event Center in Hennessey, Oklahoma, is finished. Hennessey Public Schools received the Certificate of Occupancy, and the new building is open — just in time for tonight’s graduation ceremony. Superintendent Mike Woods recently gave Jack Quirk of We’re Going in Oklahoma a tour of the new facility, and we get to tag along in the newly posted video. … read more

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

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

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