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These 'Binishells' Structures Bring the Hobbit Shire to Sustainable Reality

By: Amelia Roblin - Published: Dec 7, 2010 • References: binishells and boingboing.net
These domed domiciles may look like they're straight from science fiction, but 1,600 of these grass-covered 'Binishells' structures have actually been erected in 23 countries since the late 1800s.

The environmentally conscious construction of these homes is created through the layering of wet concrete and polymer materials. Low air pressure is then applied to expand and shape the space below the malleable 'Binishells' structures. Domes up to 120 feet in diameter can be inflated with this technology, enabling the erection of airport and resort 'Binishells' structures.