Dillon Nichols wrote:I also like it! But I don't like steps.
Hmm. What if you left the mass raised in the center, but built raised wooden floors in other rooms to bring them to the same level? Lot of wood...
What are the downsides to leaving the floor level and using the entire footprint of the house as the mass? More insulation/digging..
Dillon Crew wrote:Neat design! I like the looks of that clay based membrane; do you have a notion of what it will cost you?
Glenn Herbert wrote:I have the same reservation about reciprocal roofs. They are an ingenious idea and very cool, but I wouldn't want to live under something that, if one part failed, the whole thing would fall on me.
Daniel Ray wrote:I don't have any specific design in mind although there is a really nice one here http://www.balewatch.com/895spiral.html
However that design is not built to withstand the type of weight in a bermed structure. A circular building with the same window/glass placement would allow better light distribution without the walls. Of course any circular home would stI'll need interior walls that would block light.
Support for a living roof could come with a reciprocal roof, but I'm unsure of the diameter to bearing loads for round diameter timber.
It is a cool design, are there any real life examples of this anywhere you know of?