Minidoc - Dome for teenagers meeting space

Meeting space for and build by the teenagers of our childrens home in Mongolia

Author Dada Krpasundarananda

Mongolia, Ulaanbataar

Authors Cal-Earth

Meeting space for and build by the teenagers of our childrens home in Mongolia

Strengths: “Super Adobe” is a simple and versatile building system by Nader Khalili that empowers people to build their own home. It's fun to build, fire proof, tornado proof, highly earthquake resistant, high thermal mass to keep comfortable temperature. It can be beautiful and creatively finished for dignified short term living in emergency shelters or long term in domes like this. Energy used to build is used effectively as the earth mix is only handled once and goes straight where it's needed.

Difficulties: It's a bit labor intensive. (though a lot less than other earth building systems) Except here, it has an unconventional shape that many people need to get used to. Furniture and finishing is also harder to make though it inspires creativity! In many poorer countries earth buildings are for the poorest so people some don't want to associate with it and prefer the concrete square boxes from the wealthy West even though they give less comfort.

Extra information: More on Super Adobe: More about the children's home: More photos and information on the construction of this dome (2 parts): the $2000 was for about 20m2 a main room and entrance.



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