The world’s first ceramic geodesic dome is affordable
Geoship has installed its first bio-ceramic geodesic dome with the aim of creating sustainable, carbon-free, fireproof and biologically resonant architecture for a new way of building homes. The company is relatively young, with only 400 deposits paid for homes, but it operates on a cooperative model and has over 2,000 investors.
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“Homebuilding is a massive, multi-trillion dollar industry that is unsustainable,” the designers said in a press release. “The Geoship micro-factory and village-building platform is a new model for the regenerative future.”
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The idea is to create more than a new house design, but a new way of creating communities to build houses. Morgan Bierschenk, co-founder and CEO of Geoship, said it all started with the community.
“My brother and I started building a house for our family,” he said. “We did it on a shoestring budget, with salvaged materials and wood that we machined in the field. Then we started to wonder why, with all of our technology, are we still building with sticks and nails? How does nature make protective shells? Why is it so good to get out of the boxes we live in? We started to design a new type of house.
To build a bio-ceramic dome, Geoship mixes a type of ceramic crystals and shapes them into triangular molds. The pieces are then assembled into a geodesic dome like any other building material. The carbon used to create the triangular components is far lower than that of traditional sandstone, passive solar, or highly efficient home building materials. In addition, the operational energy consumption is also significantly lower.
The panels are installed on a network of struts that support the structure of the dome, almost like the interior structure of a mushroom cap. The final product is recyclable, resistant to mold, fire and flooding. The domes are also resistant to hurricanes, earthquakes and insects. It even comes in cool colors.
The next round of funding will be used to develop Geoship’s pilot production, micro-factory and village design platforms. That’s because Geoship is truly a materials science company. Bioceramics is a new type of material designed to create multi-secular structures.
The hardware products used in the constructions need to be certified and the pilot program has yet to be developed. Their goal is to build “living environments that resonate with nature and catalyze the evolution of consciousness”.
Images via Geoship