Why it Makes Sense to Build Round Structures Today?
History of round in shape homes
The oldest forms of indigenous shelter were often round in shape. Think the Southwest USA Hogan, Mongolian Yurt, North American Teepee and the Greek Tenemos, among others. Why did our ancestors choose to build round? Because the ovid shape — eggs, earth, tree trunks, and stones — is what they saw reflected in the surrounding natural environment.
Round homes are more comfortable, energy-efficient and safer
And, as usual, the Creator of Mother Nature knows best. There is some nifty natural science that makes round buildings more comfortable, more energy-efficient and safer, especially if you combine the ancient shape with modern eco-friendly materials!
Wind and tsunami waves move naturally around…
Wind and tsunami waves move naturally around a round building rather than getting caught at (and potentially ripping off) corners. A rounded roof avoids ‘air-planing’- a situation where a strong wind lifts the roof structure up and off of the building.
Unique combination of flexibility and strength
There are dozens of interconnected points in a round home. These are sites where builders can connect parts of the building together. These connect the structural pieces and give the building a unique combination of flexibility and strength – qualities which causes them to be significantly safer in severe weather conditions like earth quakes, extreme winds and heavy snowfall.
Strong roof trusses inserted
The roof structure incorporates a unique architectural design that has its origins in the mountain steppes of Central Asia. Roof trusses meet in a center ring, producing inward and outward pressure which holds the roof in a state of compression.
The natural thermal dynamics
The natural thermal dynamics of open-at-the-top architecture round space uses no external energy to circulate temperature. It works like this: heated air naturally rises till it reaches the insulated ceiling, it moves up the domed ceiling till it reaches the center skylight, which is cooler, the air reacts by dropping to the floor where it moves across to the walls and rises again till it meets the skylight and drops again. This action constantly circulates the air and temperatures in the home.
Round buildings use less wall, floor and roof materials
Round buildings use less wall, floor and roof materials to enclose the same square footage as a rectangular structure. 15 to 20% less material is used to create the same square foot building compared to a rectangular design! This means the possibility for a smaller eco-footprint and more living space for less cost. It also means less surface area in contact with adverse weather conditions, which improves the overall durability and energy efficiency of the home.
The acoustics of round space can be out of this world
The curve softens the sounds inside the building making it the perfect place for rest and reflection or for socializing and listening to and playing music (think long winter evenings of storytelling around the central fire). The shape also prevents noise from penetrating in from the outside. Sound waves dissipate as they wrap around the building, shielding the interior from loud outside noise.
Intelligent use of energy
Our ancestors also understood a round home quality that is less measurable than the intelligent use of energy, the clever space allocation and the powerful and natural movement of air and sound.
A 21st century home built with modern eco-friendly materials can be a safe, energy efficient , healthy-living-by-design House of the Future that Comes from the Past!