The brickwork inside this beautiful Tehran community center will blow your mind

March 3, 2017 by  
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Kalout Architecture Studio ‘s Imam Reza Cultural and Religious Complex in Tehran, Iran is a vibrant urban space that locals of all ages and social groups enjoy. To make the building’s ethos absolutely clear, the architects built the roof in the form of interlocking fingers, symbolizing “unity and social cohesion”. The beautiful 7000-square-meter center, which is located in the cultural zone of the capital, houses a mosque , an art gallery, a bookstore coffee shop, an amphitheater and an IT center. The building’s various functional zones are organized around the central glass-paneled dome in stone-clad wings. Related: Mosque for All: BIG Wins Competition To Design Inside-Out Albanian Cultural Center The dome arches over a traditional shabestan – an underground space typically found in Iranian houses, mosques, and schools. According to the architects, the unique design was influenced by both tradition and functionality, “The main form of the shabestan, with the grandeur of a religious space, provides the opportunity for a unique experience to fulfill the immemorial ambition to connect with the creator and feel the symbolic form of the dome. Following this main form, the side wings of the building with the supplementary functions rise from and rest on the ground to create an innovative form visually.” The dome is composed of handmade glass carved with the various words for god. On the exterior walkway, bricks are laid in an intricate pattern that runs the length of the walls. According to the architects, the two materials were used to represent the “ascending movement from earth to light”. Additional traditional features found in the complex include a sunken courtyard with a small reflecting pool, and a cedar statue that symbolizes “constancy, life and freedom”. + Kalout Architecture Studio Via Dezeen Photography by Parham Taghiof

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Create your own backyard geodesign dome with these super affordable DIY kits

August 3, 2016 by  
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F.Domes currently offers two lines, Glamping and Classic. The Glamping domes include a “panoramic bay window” and can even be insulated so they can be inhabited in colder weather. F.Domes offers four sizes, and the smallest size at 20 square meters (215 square feet) can be popped up in four to five hours. The Glamping domes can go off the grid and can have wood-burning stoves. F. Domes says they can withstand extreme weather including “coastal winds and heavy snowfalls.” Related: 5 great reasons to build a geodesic dome home The Glamping domes are targeted towards hotels looking for a fun alternative, and clients like Harriniva and Skeena Heliskiing have already taken F.Domes up on the offer, popping up beautiful domes in Finland and British Colombia. Then there are the Classic domes, which F.Domes recommends for uses such as a winter garden, playground, or yoga dome. There are four Classic sizes. The company says the self-assembled domes are made of “durable materials” that can resist weather like wind, snow, and “even earthquakes.” They say the domes “do not cost the Earth, but still perform great.” One notable Classic dome client is Google . They used the F.Domes Classic 75 (about 807 square feet) for the Google for Education program in the UK. The dome acted as a traveling classroom as Google showed how technology could change education. Another client was the Das Stue hotel in Germany, who used a F.Domes Classic 30 (around 322 square feet) for a cool ” chill-out lounge ” for guests. In terms of pricing, both the Glamping and Classic domes start at around $3,690. + F.Domes Images courtesy of Freedomes

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5 great reasons to build a geodesic dome home

March 17, 2015 by  
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  Dome homes . They’re kind of weird looking and they don’t exactly fit into those perfect little neighborhoods you see when walking around a cute downtown area or a clean-cut suburban gated community. But Buckminster Fuller saw the potential is those triangles: With the goal of creating a structure analogous to nature’s own designs, Fuller began to  experiment with geometry  in the late 1940s. In 1951, he patented the geodesic dome, and while you may not see a lot of on a normal city street, geodesic domes are known to be the most efficient building system available. So, why should you want a  dome home  anyway? Read the rest of 5 great reasons to build a geodesic dome home Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Buckminster Fuller , Bucky Fuller , dome architecture , dome cabins , dome homes , dome house , dome houses , geodesic dome , geodesic dome architecture , geodesic dome homes , geodesic dome houses , geodesic domes , geodesic eco dome , inside a dome home

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Growing trees from seeds: which seeds work, and which won’t

March 17, 2015 by  
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If there are any trees in your area, you may have noticed that a couple of major changes come over them at the end of summer and the beginning of autumn. Branches end up laden with fruit, nuts, seed pods, and cones in preparation for seeding the next generation of trees. These majestic beings have been self-propagating for hundreds of thousands of years, but what if we’d like to harness some of that growing power to start our own food-bearing trees? Read the rest of Growing trees from seeds: which seeds work, and which won’t Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: apple , avocado , cherry , chestnut , food security , fruit , fruit trees , Gardening , hazelnut , lemon , moringa , moringa tree , nut trees , nuts , sustainable food , tree seeds , Trees , Urban Farming

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Self-supporting Dome Homes can be lit with the energy equivalent to boiling a kettle

January 23, 2015 by  
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Colorful Binishell Dome Homes Made from Inflatable Concrete for Roughly $3,5000

July 28, 2014 by  
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