Domes, Homes and New Tech

Historically, dome architecture has been a favorite of powerful civilizations. To this day, the center of the concrete dome within the Pantheon bathes new and returning tourists in natural light. From Rome to Persia to Asia, many cultures have a period where domes were the architectural standard for their monuments and temples.

It’s no surprise either, given the structural integrity of domes as a source of shelter. Because of their shape, domes disperse external stress throughout the entirety of their contours, unlike cubes, which give in to pressure at point of impact.

What’s fascinating is the recent resurgence of interest regarding domes. More and more often, families are looking for smaller homes that still offer protection and energy efficiently. Dome homes have the ability to withstand some of the worst tornados while still being affordable.

Where does concrete come in?

New construction techniques are making it easier than ever to erect concrete domes. Consistent development of these methods will yield cheaper and safer accommodations for a variety of uses:

  • Pop-up surgery locations
  • Storm shelters
  • Chemical storage
  • Temporary living quarters

The Vienna University of Technology developed a technique for “inflating” concrete domes by laying level concrete slabs together with flat rebar. Then the slabs and rebar are lifted together with an inflating cushion underneath to hold the pieces in place.

You can watch the time-lapse video of how it’s done here:

As concrete technologies continue to improve, the demand for concrete will increase. Be Standley Batch Systems ready, and have your plant outfitted to meet the demand.Contact us at or call (800) 325-8084.

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