Binishells domed structures

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Bagend never looked so good.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I’m surprised nobody’s mentioned hobbits yet.

  3. voiceinthedistance says:

    Think I might prefer 6″ or 8″ more between me and my closest neighbors, though. If there’s room, maybe even another foot.

  4. Orchestra Spy says:

    say hi to Frodo for me.

  5. Bad Juju says:

    Reminds me of the Flintstone House in Hillsborough, CA. http://gocalifornia.about.com/od/californiapictures1/ig/Unusual-Houses/Flintstone-House.htm

    Apparently it too used inflatables to form the concrete.

  6. devophill says:

    Sounds like Monolithic Domes! I guess there are many inflatable concrete dome schemes.

  7. adamnvillani says:

    Heck, there’s a LEED-certified gas station in Los Angeles:
    http://www.matternetwork.com/2008/7/ftc-set-green-building-standards.cfm

    What’s great about that writeup is how it totally buys BP’s greenwashing propaganda about how it’s somehow better than the other oil companies. Oops.

  8. lasttide says:

    The opportunity for making a neighborhood/giant BMX park is just too good to pass up.

  9. Antinous / Moderator says:

    Hmm, what does it remind me of?

    • teapot says:

      Thanks Anti… I had somehow managed to go through life without that displeasure until today.

      Off topic, but what’s the deal with the harry Potter graphic rendering all quotes illegible today?

      Show me!

      • Antinous / Moderator says:

        You’ve never seen Teletubbies? How could you have missed a show about four gender-bending mutants living in an underground bunker in a psychedelic, post-apocalyptic world? Get better drugs!!!

        • teapot says:

          No, unless one was in a coma for the last 10 years, avoiding the teletubbies would be an impressive feat.

          Now that you mention it, the time might be right to produce a Space Ghost Coast to Coast-style recut of Teletubbies.

  10. Anonymous says:

    I would like some info on the binishells phone # or address to get costs of construction etc. I am looking to build new home soon and am very interested.

  11. gths says:

    Oh yes. They also built a Bini shell at Diamond Creek (in the north-east of Melbourne) for a rec centre – we were there to watch it – but that’s long since been demolished.

    It seems that they’re not terribly durable.

  12. Lobster says:

    Tricksy, thiefsy HOBBITSES!

  13. Anonymous says:

    looks like a very good idea…would appreciate some details on how they are built. how are they waterproof?

  14. simon_elbows says:

    My primary school (Ashbury Public School, NSW, Australia) built a binishell library building in about 1977 or 78. We all took a day off class to watch while they pumped concrete onto the flat bladder on the ground and then and slowly inflated. My memory is that the inflation took a few hours and was far less dramatic than I was expecting. My expectations as an 8 year old were, admittedly, quite dramatic.

    It was pretty small by binishell standards. I have seen much bigger examples used as school halls or gymns.

    The library is still standing and in use. Here it is on google streetview, although partly obscured by trees. The satellite view shows a perfectly circular building with a skylight nipple.

    http://maps.google.com.au/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=19+Trevenar+St,+Ashbury+New+South+Wales+2193&sll=-33.898483,151.118345&sspn=0.007374,0.014505&gl=au&g=56+Trevenar+St,+Ashbury+New+South+Wales+2193&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=19+Trevenar+St,+Ashbury+New+South+Wales+2193&ll=-33.898305,151.119867&spn=0,0.001813&t=h&z=19&layer=c&cbll=-33.898276,151.119976&panoid=_QOGqwZzyblUuV-3fap-SA&cbp=12,169.28,,0,5

  15. Anonymous says:

    If only there was some unmet need for cheap low-density housing.

  16. lorin says:

    The school I was at in the late 70′s built one too, still standing I believe. Big enough to be used as a sports hall/performance space.

    The two things I remember most clearly were the lack of natural light (only coming from the two doorways) and the extraordinary acoustics. It was hard to hear someone 10 feet away but could perfectly clearly hear a conversation held on the other side, if they were standing in the right spot. Like hearing ghost voices.

    It’s kind of peculiar to see these revived, but I have to doubt the green credentials of anything using so much concrete.

  17. Phikus says:

    I like how it doubles as a miniature golf course. Now that’s efficient use of space.

  18. Dr. Pasolini says:

    Nice. I’d try to orient them to make somewhat better use of passive solar heating, but then I don’t live in sunny Italy. It would be nice to see more eco-design that de-prioritizes portland cement as a major component though.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Off topic, but what’s the deal with the harry Potter graphic rendering all quotes illegible today?

  20. Teasmaid says:

    My high school (Pittwater, Australia) had one that was used for a sports hall/performance space and it collapsed on my grandmother who was a cleaner at the school. She survived but got a very squished leg out of it. Luckily it happened about 15 minutes after a class full of kids had left. Apparently the construction process is quite fiddly and they hadn’t followed it to the letter, or at least that’s the reason we got.

  21. Wormman says:

    There was one of the “Australian malls” built just to the north of Brisneyland in the late 70′s amid much fanfare. I think it was called “Space City”. It lasted about 2 years before descending into dirt mall status and eventually being demolished. I can also remember a car dealership which used the same structures in the same geographical area.

  22. Anonymous says:

    I’m gonna sing the dome song!

    Dome Dome Dome. Dommeie Dommie. Dome Dome DOOOOOOOME!!

  23. Jonam says:

    There were many schools in Australia that had Binishells built as halls during the mid 70′s (including the Girls high school in my area). After a couple of years, many started to collapse spontaneously (as told by Teasmaid above). From memory, of those remaining standing by the late 80′s, most were demolished and/or replaced with halls made using more conventional techniques.

  24. Anonymous says:

    It will all seem so innocent and perfect until Po spill Tubby custard.

  25. igpajo says:

    Looks cool, but man what a pain in the ass to mow!

  26. Raines Cohen says:

    Nic has big dreams these days — LEED-certified eco-resorts, futuristic condos…airport terminals!?

    It may be worth noting that there are some LEED-certified airport terminals already: Boston’s Logan’s newest terminal A extension & Indianapolis are a couple examples.

    Seeing this designation highlights for me some of the limitations of the LEED standard – it is primarily about design, not operation, and doesn’t reflect the impacts of the structure when used properly. Kind of like the cigarettes doctors prefer.

    I’m pursuing LEED accreditation in order to bring visibility and positive brand affiliations/networking to the cohousing/ecovillage ventures I’m participating in, but harbor no illusions that it is a panacea. It actually may be more challenging to get innovative natural-building structures like these certified, because the energy and other features need to be evaluated, not just filled in off of product spec sheets.

  27. cmaceachen says:

    Similar in concept to Concrete Canvas:
    http://s146224806.websitehome.co.uk/index.html

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