timothy oulton erects the dome home from reclaimed material timothy oulton erects the dome home from reclaimed material
jan 19, 2015

timothy oulton erects the dome home from reclaimed material

furniture designers timothy oulton erect the dome home from reclaimed material
all images courtesy of alexandra public relations

 

 

 

a winding concrete brick path passes through several circular thresholds in the lychee gardens of gaoming,china, passing along the way a small village of reclaimed brick cylindrical structures. at the heart of this village sits the dome home designed by british furniture manufacturers timothy oulton, used as a creative space where people can interact and consequently innovate new design ideas. the structure, as well as the supporting village created around it, were both built almost entirely of reclaimed material. the exterior of the dome is covered in red cedar shingles, sitting on a concrete foundation. the interior structure takes on the characteristics of a spider web- long vertical curved columns come to a point at the very top, spanning between them are perpendicular planks that subtly draw concentric rings all the way down the wall of the structure. the space consists of an open and cyclical floor plan revolving around a central staircase of cantilevered wooden planks. the ground level contains the living and dining room accompanied by a small kitchen situated under the loft which takes up half of the footprint.


vertical pine planks arranged on a circular footprint serve as a center point for the home, helping to support the loft and stairs

 

 

simple in rationale, the strenuous dedication becomes evident in the immaculate details and craftsmanship. the use of reclaimed- therefore imperfect- material came with the challenge of detailed engineering to make it standardized and safe. it also beckoned a special attention to the unique connections required. custom steel plates and fittings were designed to add to the meticulous details, creating a very clean and sometimes subtle perfection to the construction.


stairs act as the centerpiece of the home

 

 


living and dining room on the ground level, illuminated by efficient triple-glazed skylights in the domed ceiling

 

 


under-loft kitchen

 

 

 

 


view from the loft

 

 


entry into the lychee gardens

 

 


round brick structures make up the entertainment functions for the employees- a gym, and laundry are just some of the services available

 

 


vegetables and other edible plants are grown through the premises, water by recycled grey water treated on site

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


bedroom inside one of the round houses

 

 

 

 


bathroom

 

 


hand crafted tools can be found throughout the village

 

 


domed structure of a spider web

  • Hi,
    I am just curious, if you have used on the wooden structure the French Dome company prefabricated elements? Look like almost the same…very nice. BR Konstantin

    Konstantin Chudinov says:
  • This is a great looking structure. How much did the dome home cost?

    Mike Casey says:

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