I was searching on the net for woodworking plans for greenhouses etc and this site came up - on a curiosity i followed the link and then spent more time than i should reading about Dome structures ...
so thanks for that, and my boss sends his regards :)
I understand the theory of domes - ie minimal surface area for maximum vloume etc but to me they seem actualy a very wastefull space to construct - although very beutuful. The greenhouse i can see working if you construct the right type of staging to fit etc to grow plants on but housing would be wasteful without all bespoke furniture etc.
people build rectangular buildings for a reason... you can discuss this as much as you want...
anyway the thing i want to ask is why not elongated domes? most people do not have the room to put something that is so large in both directions as a dome needs (taken as the encompasing square on plan) and therefore a longer than wide shape would be better.. so the question is this - why not?
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sorry for the above - all the formatting disapeard... I promise there was supposed to be some structure to it.
The basic question at the end of it all is this: Can you create a stretched dome? How much more complicated is it?
The formatting issue happens to everyone, it would be nice to be able to start a new line sometimes :)
Eliptical domes are possible but more intensive than round ones.
I think you`d still have furniture issues though due to the vertical curvature. Wardrobes wouldn`t fit flush to the wall but you`d gain some extra storage space behind them :)
Daveg, you,re still in a square mindset and you're trying to make a dome structure fit a square world, only the world isn't square. Sure if you own a long thin plot you're not going to have room for a decent size dome, but have you tried organising furniture in a railway carrage.
Oh if you want to start a new line use <> these symbols and put br inside them, double ones will give a new paragraph.
like this :-)
"people build rectangular buildings for a reason.."
Hmmm..... David you're an orthogonalist. Seems that people who want to live in domes are actually dismissing the limited structural view that cubic housing offers. However I am aware that building materials are generally orthogonal. At the moment this is almost like being blackmailed by an inferior race of mentally space challenged cavemen. There is a way out of this. It is easy to make rhombic (diamond shapes) from orthogonal materials. Domes are generally a segment of a sphere and a sphere is perfectly contained within a rhombic dodecahedron. So why don't you guys build with a more modular module. The RD awaits your expanded consciousness.