In this project, we were able to achieve a unique symbiosis of man and nature.
Open Source Dome (OSD), is a combination of dome with Aquaponic Garden that wheels the food, energy, keeps you warm and protects against overheating, cleans the air and water.
OSD uses simple and well known processes of heat and gas circulation, the secondary use of energy and water.
It is a two – storey house designed on the basis of half circles with a radius of 7 meters. The house consists of the residential part and the aquaponic garden (green house). The central part of the house contains the heating system based on the principles of Rocket Stove.
In addition, we designed it in the way, that very easily (with low cost), you could modify a large family home for two spacious apartment or, if you wish, condo and shop, gallery or office.
here is some more detailed informations
In another picture you can see the relationship between the different floors, heating system as rocket stove and aquaponic room (AQR).
On consecutive shots please pay attention to the system of windows and doors separating the living from the AQR. It is a solution that allows you to adjust the heat it generates AQR and acquire a large amount of sunlight.
In addition, parts of the ceiling are provided for energy management solutions between AQR and rocket stove (RS).
On the floor of the house can be further noted hearth (fireplace), which uses RS chimney system on the ground floor. Interesting fact is that in principle, on the first floor are two fireplaces, separated by a wall. It allows you to heat the bedroom and the second part (can be a living room with a kitchen or a second bedroom.)
In the picture below you can see the performance of the lighting simulation which can be obtained at noon in low cloud. Of course, the density of the vegetation in the AQR override part of lighting but the heat will be accumulated.
Deployment of partition walls, along with the location of the door to the premises.We believe that these solutions will help get more than 80% energy saving (heat and electricity).
The illustration below shows the arrangement of windows and doors, which places a strong emphasis on natural lighting and ventilation. Heat circulation and management are discussed in a separate chapter.
of windows and doors in relation to wall partitions.
We have a number of possible solutions to the construction of the shell of the dome.
- The monolithic shell, made by using a technique balloon and inside spraying.
- Prefabricated shell, delivered to the site in parts.
- Traditional construction with bricks.
- Shell made of straw and clay technique. In this case, the partitions are bearing walls and are built first.
Implementation of the grid and glass for aquaponic part of dome.
Currently on the market there are more and more companies offering full or part-implementation of geodesic greenhouse solution. – look for Geodesic Greenhouse.
The big idea is to design an open source family house that:
- will be an optimally safe and healthy place to live in;
- will be easy to build (in 30 days) and require low maintenance;
- will use heat and gas circulation as well as secondary use of energy and water;
- can include in its design an aquaponic garden that not only allows the family to grow their own food, but also balances the dome’s temperature, cleans the air and water;
- will be high quality (have a life cycle of no less than 100 years) but will also be inexpensive (cost minimum 25% of a standard house costs);
- can be easily and at low cost modified to suit a larger family or incorporate a shop, gallery or office space;
- will work in harmony and symbiosis with the surrounding community and environment.
Open source is a model that promotes universal access allowing all to benefit from the improvements made by everyone else. Applied in a search for a solution to societal challenges the concept would allow exchange of best practices and rapid advancement towards higher forms of social consciousness.
* Open Source Dome project can be freely accessed, used, changed, and shared (in modified or unmodified form) by anyone for noncommercial purposes.
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As discussed earlier, torus and spiral shapes reflect the tendencies of much of the nature around us. Also, domes require fewer materials to build, less energy to maintain, are durable, eco-friendly, beautiful and more harmonious than conventional homes.
In addition to being easy to construct, domes can incorporate various elements in their eco-friendly design, such as: low energy consumption, collection and treatment of water and wastewater, resistance to adverse weather conditions and even tornadoes, earthquakes or fires.
We have all heard the saying “Every great journey starts with one small step”.
Often the first step is accepting that our knowledge is at no time complete. We continue learning all our lives building on the progression of the Nautilius accumulated by our ancestors, and the freshness of new perspectives will be added with each generation to come.
We all have inherited from the earliest human ancestors an archetype of home. It is a place where we are born and from where we depart to discover the ‘outside’ world later to return for rest and regaining of our strength. It is where we share the abundance of our lives with our families and where we have our longings and our dreams. In the words of Winston Churchill “We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.”
This is our First Step
We know that many aspects of life and nature are so closely linked to the circular or toric shapes, but why are they so rarely integrated into human activities, such as architecture or the process of creating a balanced living environment?
An idea such as this challenges the state of affairs as we know them. It would mean building homes with long term sustainability in mind and taking into account the impact over 100, 200 years or even further ahead. High-efficiency renewable energy sources in each home would change the current dependence on monopolist energy providers. People would be able to live in highest harmony, peace and well-being without fear of toxins in their environment.
It might all seem like a utopian picture from a Disney movie, but it can become our reality.
We just all need to make the first step.
My grandmother, especially when faced with challenges in her life, used to say “The wheel of life just keeps on rolling”. Interestingly, there are many scientific, technological, philosophical and spiritual concepts based on and explained through the base shape of the wheel or sphere. We know that atoms orbit the nuclei. Beehives, anthills and animal burrows also resemble spherical shapes.
Instead of questioning why the nature insists on spherical form, we should perhaps ask why it is that humans insist on creation of their habitat in such unnatural shapes. Since times immemorial humans successfully survived through observation and imitation of as well as cooperation with nature. We are only now beginning to discover the “dark” side of the civilization and still do not know the full effects that for example, a shape of homes have on our well-being, health and mental state.
Closely related to the spiral motion of everything from atoms to galaxies is the geometrical shape of torus. Recent works and theories suggest that nearly every aspect of life is related to circular or, more precisely, toric shapes, therefore it would seem obvious to work in alignment and harmony with it when it comes to the activities of human beings.
Constructing such a structure which would be in accordance to nature and its laws would not only be inexpensive and effective, but it would also create a balanced environment to live in.
Take a look at some interesting emerging research and projects, such as:
Without any doubt as beings living on the planet Earth we are inseparable from nature and its rules which require us to live in harmony and fellowship with each other and with what surrounds us. And it has been this way for thousands of years, although many mysteries and gaps in our understanding still remain about the appearance and the purpose of a life form that is a human being.
It appears that pre-modern civilizations were much more in tune with the laws of the universe and their own place within it, something that is lacking now when we seem to believe that we can squeeze it all into our dogmas and impose authority over nature. Even widely accepted theories such as that of Darwin’s work on biological evolution do not answer all the questions, and even raise new ones or seem to controversially clash with some of the archeological artifacts of great civilizations which can be dated back to 200,000 years ago (for example, Adam’s Calendar, Puma Punku ).
New interesting research and theories are emerging such as the work of Bruce Lipton which lead to new ways of thinking and point to the interconnectedness of all that is.
Seeing the state of our planet and environment as they are today makes the notion that humans have a dominion over nature appear questionable at best. It seems that in the process of our technological advancements we have forgotten that we cannot exist separately from the planet and the environment. These challenges point out that it is high time that we remember our mission and responsibilities as guardians and intrinsic members of the planet Earth.
“To see things in the seed, that is genius.”
Links and names or modern thinkers for further research:
Bruce Lipton – www.brucelipton.com
Gregg Braden – www.greggbraden.com
Rupert Sheldrake – www.sheldrake.org
Lynne McTaggart – www.lynnemctaggart.com
Buckminster Fuller – www.bfi.org