Inspire Me Monday: Dante Bini’s Brilliant Domes

Italian architect Dante Bini thought up his unique design for dome structures in the early 1960s. His method? Pour concrete over a giant balloon, of course!

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Photos courtesy of Wikispaces.

Since then, over 1600 domed structures across 23 countries have been built using his designs. Today, the legacy remains as Binishell Inc. continues to offer unique low-cost building solutions in Dante Bini’s name.

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Indoor Sports Center in Italy. Photo courtesy of Binisystems.


Kuringai High School in New South Wales, Australia 1974. Photo courtesy of Architecture Bulletin.


Photo courtesy of Binisystems.


Binishell Villa in Sardinia, Italy 1970. Photo courtesy of Binisystems.


Photo courtesy of Binisystems.


Photo courtesy of Binisystems.

November 23rd, 2015|0 Comments

Inspire Me Monday: Graduate Student’s Geodesic Dome House in Isla Vista

Here’s a little inspiration for all you aspiring architects and designers out there! This geodesic dome house or “pineapple house” in Isla Vista was designed and built by graduate student Michael F. Hoover in 1972. He had little to no training in architecture or engineering.


Photo from Santa Barbara Architecture (by Herb Andree and others), page 249.

Although the little house isn’t an international architectural marvel, it has survived the years as a beloved local eccentricity. It was even featured in the book Santa Barbara Architecture! The Isla Vista dome house is an example that with a little time and determination, anything is possible.


Photo courtesy of Roadside Architecture.


Photo from Santa Barbara Architecture (by Herb Andree and others), page 249.


Photo courtesy of Roadside Architecture.


Photo courtesy of Dome Homes.

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Photo by Britta Gustafson, license – CC BY-S.

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November 2nd, 2015|0 Comments

Things to See: The Chicago Architecture Biennial

Chicago is serious about architecture. The city has long taken pride in architectural innovations and now they’re making it official. The first-ever Chicago Architecture Biennial kicked off Oct. 3rd and has been hailed as the “largest exhibition of contemporary architecture in the history of North America.”


Designed as a multiplatform event, CAB will facilitate radical new thought about what the built environment should be in the 21st century, continuing the city’s proud history as a landmark incubator of architectural significance.The sprawling show takes over all 5 stories of the massive Chicago Cultural center, and is sure to be quite a sight.

If you’re within driving distance of the windy city, it’s probably worth a look-see! Find out more here.

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Photos courtesy of the Chicago Architecture Biennial.

October 30th, 2015|0 Comments

Inspire Me Monday: Transporting a Frank Lloyd Wright Across the Country

The Bachman Wilson House was one of the last homes that Frank Lloyd Wright designed in his lifetime, reaching completion in 1956 when the architect was 91. Since then, the “Usonian” style home has changed hands several times, finally falling into the ownership of architect Lawrence Tarantino who set to work in a meticulous restoration that took several years.


After three massive floods threatened to ruin his good work, Tarantino decided that the historic residence could not survive in its current location, and began searching for a buyer to help him move the home to a safer place. Wal-mart heiress Alice Walton was that person, and funded the project to dismantle the entire house – piece by piece – in order to transport it 1,200 miles to its new home in Crystal Springs, AR.

Now completely rebuilt, Bachman Wilson House sits alongside the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, and will soon be open to the public.

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Photos by Tarantino Studio.

October 26th, 2015|0 Comments

Inspire Me Monday: The 1990s Lives on in the Netherlands

In 1990, Hereplein, Netherlands was transformed by a citywide exhibition called “What a Wonderfull World”. Most of the the transparent event pavilions that were built by Shift Architecture have been destroyed, but two remain. They are wonderfully-representative of 1990s pop-culture design, and have been embraced by the city as cultural landmarks.


Photos courtesy of Archdaily.

October 12th, 2015|0 Comments