Domeshell Design Services
Concrete Dome Design Service Architectural and Structural
At Domeshells, we offer a unique method of construction that allows for spectacular organic and geometric designs. Our full architectural and engineering dome design service provides customizable designs to fit our clients’ preferences and needs.
What is Domeshells?
Domeshells is a company that specializes in dome, design, construction and training using a unique method of construction. Our method allows for a variety of designs and shapes, making each dome unique and visually stunning. Using our method also ensures durability and longevity of the dome.
Our Dome Design Service
Our dome design service includes full architectural and engineering services. We work closely with our clients to ensure that their vision is brought to life. Our designs are customizable to fit any purpose, whether it be residential or commercial.
We provide a complete design service for plans and drawings to take to council for your project. Our designer will work closely with you to produce:
- a design that works for you
- documents for a development application
- detailed working drawings
The footing/foundations, slab and dome shell are designed by a suitably qualified structural engineer after your architectural drawings are developed to a certain stage.
Information provided by a “geotechnical engineer” allow the structural engineer to design the reinforcing system.
The engineer provides a “Structural Certificate” in compliance with the Australian Building Code.
What do we need from you?
When you are ready to start the design process we will need:
- a written brief describing in as much detail as possible, your requirements and preferences
- sketches – we want to see your doodles and sketches as it helps us understand what you have in mind
- site plan – showing the boundary dimensions of the site and the legal description of the site
- mark up the location of existing structures and the location and orientation of your proposed structure
- a geotechnical engineers site soil classification and report – this is required for the structural design
- the BAL rating of your site – in some situations you may be required to obtain a “bush fire” consultants report.
Bush Fire Compliance
Domeshells exceed the highest rating under the “Australian Bush Fire Code”. There is no combustible material in the shell and no seams or joins that could allow ember penetration to the building. If you are in a bush fire zone it may already have a rating applied to it known as the “Bush Fire Attack Level” (the BAL rating) that ranges form BAL 19 to BAL FZ, the highest rating.
Windows and doors will be specified to also meet the same rating. There are options in how bush fire requirements can be met.
Infinitely Creative Design Possibilities
Our standard design geometry is based on spherical geometry but any geometric design is possible with our methods.
We design and build domes from 3.0m diameter up to 10.0m in diameter either as stand alone or connected multiple domes
Underground and Earth Covered
A concrete dome structure is the most efficient and cost effective underground or earth covered structure.
Table of Floor Areas
- 3.0m diameter – 7.0 m2 – (76 sq ft)
- 3.5m diameter – 9.6 m2 – (103 sq ft)
- 5.0m diameter – 19.6 m2 – (304 sq ft)
- 7.0m diameter – 38.5 m2 – (414 sq ft)
- 8.0m diameter – 50.2 m2 – (541 sq ft)
- 9.0m diameter – 63.6 m2 – (685 sq ft)
- 10.0m diameter – 78.5 m2 – (844 sq ft)
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the cost of your dome design service?
The cost of our dome design service varies depending on the size and complexity of the design. We provide a quote after we have a certain level of understanding about what you have in mind.
How long does the design process take?
The design process can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months, depending on the complexity of the design and the collaboration with the client.
Can you design domes for residential and commercial purposes?
Yes, we can design domes for both residential and commercial purposes. Our designs are customizable to fit any purpose.
What materials are used in dome construction?
Concrete makes up the highest percentage of materials used with a relatively small amount of basalt fiber reinforcing bars. The dome shape means that it requires around 35% less materials than a conventional structure.
How long does it take to construct a dome?
The construction time varies depending on the size and complexity of the dome. On average, it takes about 3-6 months to construct a dome.
What is the lifespan of a dome?
Domeshells are expected to have great longevity because of the use of basalt fibre reinforcing that does not rust or corrode.
Can domes withstand natural disasters?
Yes, domes are known for their durability and ability to withstand natural disasters such as hurricanes and earthquakes and Domeshells are designed to resist all extreme forces and events.
Our design process involves collaboration with the client to ensure that their vision is brought to life. We provide sketches and 3D models to give the client a visual representation of the design. We begin with concept design, then working drawings, structural design which are then ready for council approval.
Take a look at our previous dome designs and constructions. Our portfolio showcases the variety of designs and shapes that we can create.
“Discover the benefits of Dome Shell Structures – Contact us today to get started!”
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