Styrofoam Dome Houses

The Innuit who live in northern Canada once built homes out of ice blocks. Now a modular home manufacturer, Japan Dome House Co. Ltdhave come up with styrofoam dome houses. These houses are produced in sections and are designed to be assembled easily and quickly by a few people. There are already 480 of these houses at the Aso Farm Land village resort in Kyushu which are used as accommodation, recreation and as retail shops.

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The most outstanding feature is the low cost which starts at under $30,000. However, the dome house has a long list of other benefits. It is very light – weighing only 80 kg. The 7 inch thick walls provides thermal insulation. The walls are coated with fire retardant making the houses fireproof. Being what it is, the dome house will not rust, rot and is definitely not termite food. It is also earthquake and gale resistant – the latter due to the dome’s low wind resistance profile.

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Both the exterior and the interior can be customized. The company also offers “long domes” and dome styles which can be linked together. These domes are very versatile. They can be made into guest houses, meeting rooms, hotel rooms, steam rooms, bars, restaurants, freezer rooms and even karaoke bars! Via

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11 responses to “Styrofoam Dome Houses” - Add yours!

  1. August 19, 2008

    Second image is enough to inspire us to go with same !!

  2. MrCrip said:
    August 20, 2008

    These dome houses remind me of the Surf village and the homes the hobbits had in Lord of the Rings. They look very cosy and warm. I amnot sure I would want to live in one though

  3. Eva said:
    August 26, 2008

    :O I want one. SOO LOTR. But, eh … all the pictures seem to be taken in warmer climates. Would it work in Canada?

  4. Vincenzo Nesci said:
    August 28, 2008

    Can’t someone just cut a hole in it and rob you?? lol Its made of styrofoam!!!

  5. Tesfay said:
    January 30, 2009

    how about armoring it with kevlar and carbon fiber on top of the styrofoam this way you can protect your self from robbers.

  6. Bob Frank said:
    February 5, 2009


  7. Ava said:
    March 4, 2009

    You made some good points there. I did a search on the topic and found most people will agree with your blog.

  8. Thomas Brophy said:
    May 8, 2010

    Looks like some one attended a Nader Kalilli apprentice workshop for Architecture in The Mojave Dessert.I did prior to his passing.Nader,Iranian born architect,hands on taught us how to build these exact shapes with “earth”,packed inside coiled rolls of varying diameter blue tarp like material was a fun and energizing experience,Nader and his Institute of apprentices sought to build shelter for economically disadvantaged peoples world wide —–all with what was at hand ,earth,water,clay and sweat equity.
    I don’t remember him mentioning styrofoam.The designs seem identical.
    Some were even glazed and fires built inside to create a ceramic structure which,passed Californias strict earthquake resistant codes.
    He was a real brilliant, kool guy, genius, humanitarian,who loved Rumi’s poetry.His last words to me were “write your experiences,like me,that’s what I did”.
    o,mitakuye oyasin

  9. June 28, 2010

    great idea for a new design of a home, the interior part is really cool, it look like impossible when you look at it from the outside.

  10. laffycathy said:
    July 19, 2010

    this would be a great solution for reducing waste. styrofoam isn’t biodegradable so recycling it to make houses is genius

  11. Mosaic said:
    November 18, 2010

    wow that’s really cute and cool, great design.