New Dream Home: Dielectric Space Radome

New Dream Home: Dielectric Space Radome

Jenny Butler
Apr 15, 2010

Yesterday we didn't know what a Dielectric Space Radome was. Today it is our new dream home. Used in South Australia by the US Air Force to detect early warning signals against missile attacks, it was decommissioned about 10 years ago. Originally costing $350,000 it's now listed on ebay at the bargain price $60,000 and we're overflowing with ideas about how to turn this into our home.

67 feet in diameter and made out of 430 fiberglass panels, the Dielectric Space Radome Frame comes with its original 101 page manual for construction and maintenance. Is anyone else excited about the potential?!

We figured there are two ways to go about converting this amazing shell into a home and both of these scenarios involve replacing a whole heap of panels with double glazed windows.

Our first idea was creating a loft space within the dome; main living, kitchen, dining, laundry and bathroom all on the ground floor and then on a platform within the middle of the space, a series of bedrooms overlooking the ground floor [all with switchable glass of course]. The beams used to hold the bedroom platform would also be used to help divide the space on the ground floor.
Pros: whole home within the dome
Cons: bedroom platform would absolutely distract from the amazing dome

Our 2nd idea was still to use the dome as the main living space and kitchen, then build a separate bedroom/bathroom 'cube' attached to the back of the dome.
Pros: much more dramatic, impressive use of the dome
Cons: would need a bigger block of land to build on and we can't imagine ever wanting to go to bed in the 'cube' [and can see ourselves falling asleep on the couch every night after watching the stars through one of the windows in the dome.]

Of course, these are only dreams. $60,000 is a lot of money to spend on a dome that probably wont even meet council's building regulations! If you bought the dome how would you turn it into your home? Any enhancements on our ideas?

If you are interested in purchasing the Dielectric Space Radome [for youself or even us!], check out the ebay listing here.

(Images: via The Living Moon) and eBay

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