1 March 2011 52 Comments

Finished Biodome Structure Photos

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Here’s some pictures of our finished biodome (the structure).  Right now all there is left to do is put the green-house covering on the south part, and insulating the north wall, which will be made of hemp panels(really cool stuff!).

There will be passive water heating as well, as well as many other cool systems I’m putting in, more updates to come! Enjoy the pics, if you’d like to build your own biodome, click here.

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52 Responses to “Finished Biodome Structure Photos”

  1. mike 4 March 2011 at 9:52 am #


    read sales letter

    can you tell me what is the total cost of what you are doing

    everything included


  2. Amanda 4 March 2011 at 10:31 am #

    WOW KACPER… Congratulations… It looks fantastic…have forwrded your emails re the bio dome to The Transition Town Worthing group… Working towards a sustainable town of Worthing in West Sussex UK.. It looks fantastic :0)

  3. rita 4 March 2011 at 11:24 am #

    LOVE LOVE LOVE, Kacper, your biodome!
    it’s absolutely wondrous creation!
    Well, of course it’s “dèja vu”, but when YOU done something
    similar yourself THAT’s totally WOWOWOW!

    …ohyeeee, for sure someday we too will construct this marvel just we will use the carton tubes…;-)- we miss just a nice green landscape for it.

    Congrats and big Hugs from F_rance :-)


    PS: bey the way your daughter is first of your wondrous creations!

  4. Nina Howard 4 March 2011 at 11:34 am #

    Hi Kacper,

    I enjoy your emails. We built a 50 foot geodesic dome in 1987 in North Carolina. John Denver was involved with our project with his Windstar Foundation. We grew fish, rabbits and lots of plants. It had two platforms, making one side of it 3 story. Send me your email address and I will send you pictures.

    • Brett 16 April 2011 at 3:08 pm #

      would like to see pictures of 50 foo geodesic dome built in North Carolina

    • Loren 19 April 2011 at 2:14 am #

      Would love to see pictures and details of what you described in yyour geodesic home. Loren

    • Elmon Stanley 28 April 2011 at 8:42 pm #

      Where is the dome you built on North Carolina Would love to go see it?

      • Art Edwards 23 June 2011 at 7:27 pm #

        yes I would like to know where your 50 foot dome is.

    • Lynn 20 May 2011 at 7:10 pm #

      Please send pictures of your dome, we are in the process of building one and had thought to make different levels also.
      Thank you

    • ART EDWARDS 28 July 2011 at 6:42 pm #

      hey NINA: I would also like to see pictures of your dome.
      Please WOULD you send them to me I live in tennessee

    • ursula foster 28 May 2012 at 3:33 pm #

      hi there.
      where in nc are you? we are considering building a geodesic dome and wed luve to see one b4 we get started. we live in va!

    • Steve 9 September 2012 at 4:26 pm #

      Would love to see your pics!

  5. Victoria 4 March 2011 at 12:54 pm #

    I have been following your articles and etc. for quite sometime now. How is the Geodome anchored down to the ground so it is not blown away in the wind? Also, can the dome be made shorter? Looking forward to the hemp panels.
    Also to your food posts-SB510 originally stated that it was a felony to own Heirloom seeds. I think it has been modified a little now but the intent is out there to control the food supply in many ways.

    • Jack D. Lee 4 March 2011 at 2:07 pm #

      Victoria good question!- [1]wind-load? [2]snow-load? Suggestion-2-[dbl] bottom sole-platethen install in the top of every concrete-filled support column a metal 4″post-anchor [re–home depot]? JD LEE

  6. Michele Andree 4 March 2011 at 1:53 pm #

    Hemp panels? Where are those going to be exactly? I have your book on how to build these, you talk about Poly keder material to cover the dome, so these other panels would be put where? Also, what system are you going to use to heat at night and are you going to use aquaponics to grow your food? Where can you be reached by email with pertinent questions? Thanks! Dome looks great!

  7. John Ohrvall 4 March 2011 at 2:40 pm #

    Looks great! I still don’t see the doorway structure?
    Where is the snow?

  8. Laura 4 March 2011 at 2:55 pm #

    What’s it for?

  9. Farmer Dave 4 March 2011 at 3:31 pm #

    Greetings Kacper
    Nice to see your dome evolve, do you have any pictures of it with the skin on it? Will it be all plastic or glass or the hemp material? How well suited is it for a cold climate with snow. Take a look at some of our homestead pictures from Northern CA. Would be fun to have a dome here.
    Farmer Dave

  10. Russ OMeal 4 March 2011 at 3:38 pm #

    company with hemp insulation http://www.rgjinternationalsa.com/hemp/home.html

    Why not use metal struts? Then, according to Bob Rellertson, designer of Turtle Tough geodome shelter system http://www.turtletuffshelters.com/ you can drive metal poles deep into the ground at a distance from the dome, use a connective wire, a lightening rod, and then you have a fairly safe faraday cage to take the energy from a lightening strike from the frame into the ground…

    Here is how to make the frame yourself at home…one of many DIY out there… http://geodome.sourceforge.net/example.html or look at this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rn6YtCC670 or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9b1usybzEo&feature=related

    We use 1 3/8 OD Steel pipe (use a drill press) for struts to ward off the heavy snow loads in our area. We anchor these heavily with steel cable as winds get to 110mph at times…but the design does allow for less wind sheer from any direction

    For green houses we also double layer the greenhouse film. The outer meal structure is 24 feet in diameter. We hang the film on the inside much like some tents are designed, but using industrial strength grip clips from sheltersystems
    , that is http://www.shelter-systems.com/ this stops the metal struts from heating too much and damaging the film, if it were directly on the metal….then we place another EMT pipe shell layer on the inside of this so there is an air space….this is a very inexpensive layer….all of the film is drip resistant…it seems like such a waste of space, but in reality ist provides for a safe grow environment for cold hardy produce…see Elliot Coleman

    Then we use the fordham University designed water barrell energy collection idea…

    and we use Agribon covers as well….

    it was -14 F and under our agribon with the water catching additional energy and giving off at night…was 31 degrees F…

    If you over lap the film in layers you can roll it up entirely by untying the grip clips and using pullies at the top to take the film off for warmer weather and to allow more ventilation when needed…construct the lower layers first…

  11. Jonathan 4 March 2011 at 3:53 pm #

    For those of us that bought your e-book, are you planning on adding the finishing details to it? How much does the material cost? How much of each material will we need? Where do you go about getting a (large??) water tank? How much does this cost?

    thanks, Jon

  12. Keith Jones 4 March 2011 at 4:45 pm #


    Really enjoyed your book and following your blog. Do you anticipate an addendum or followon book regarding how to apply the glazing on the south wall or how to build apply the hemp panels on the north wall. I would really be interested in those techniques and information. Great job so far!


    Keith Jones

  13. TeAroha 4 March 2011 at 5:01 pm #

    Looks great,do you have to make it so high, although the circumference is a suitable size for our land.
    If it has to be built to that height, can you hook up hanging plants onto the struts/or make shelves to use that top space.
    Given the state of govt restraints and food prices we are seriousily looking at building something for our community and family food supply.We have the land but not the money or the know how.
    You have some exciting concepts Kacper and all it needs is focus and manpower. BTW we still have problems growing hemp, in NZ it is called flax or Maori harakeke.To grow this one needs to get a license to plant it on your own land and wait years while THEY experiment, with our ideas. Maori were using this stuff eons ago to build their houses….

  14. Ronald Daley 4 March 2011 at 5:02 pm #

    I’ve designed and built my own special geodesic dome (freq 3, 16 foot Diameter, 10 foot in height) that sets up by 1 person in 50 minutes with no tools or hardware. Sleeps 5 people in hammocks hanging off the dome. I have not arrived in the covering material yet. Want to see a pic?

    • Ghislaine 4 April 2011 at 11:45 pm #

      Yes Ronald D. I would love to see a pic. Thanks, Ghislaine

    • angelo 21 October 2012 at 1:52 am #

      I would live to see pics of your dome and even acquire the plans- depending upon your charge for same.
      That 10 ft high dome is about the right size for me and perhaps another.

    • angelo 21 October 2012 at 1:55 am #

      Ronald, if you’re still around, I left another response to your post regarding your 10 ft dome.

  15. Mark 4 March 2011 at 5:13 pm #

    I thought you lived in the Big Island of Hawaii

  16. Gerry 4 March 2011 at 7:30 pm #

    How tall is the final product,and why do you need it this tall? Are you growing tropical trees in it? It looks great!

  17. Maggie 4 March 2011 at 8:30 pm #

    Kacper – you realize , of course, Buckminster Fuller did this deisgn decades ago – not same materials.
    One of my brothers used to live down the road from him in
    northern Vermont.. early ’70’s.. saw his stuff… interesting, albeit, reclusive gentleman.

  18. bonnie 4 March 2011 at 10:38 pm #

    Hi…I am thinking of getting the ebook…Kacper did not give a lot of details about content of the book mainly advetising it…it looks amazing on the blog but does the ebook have everything we need to build it….thanks bonnie bonnieanton@gmail.com

  19. Perry 4 March 2011 at 10:50 pm #

    I am very interested in your BIODOME. Where are you located and what is your USDA Plant Hardiness Zone?


  20. david 5 March 2011 at 3:28 am #

    Your emails about solar and everything else are good except why do you, like about every other advertiser go on and on and on. Keep it short and sweet. We get the message without all the fluff. Thanks.

  21. Joh 5 March 2011 at 3:45 am #

    Hi all,
    I, too, was about to purchase the ebook until I read these comments. Comments from several in both the mid-phase blog and this one seem to indicate that the ebook is merely a ‘this is how it could be done’ suggestion instead of ‘this is how to do it’ instruction. I want to build this thing but I’d like to have a step by step instruction. Before I commit what my wife terms \another wasted investement\, will someone please state how much help the ebook actually gives to someone who has never built such a thing before. Kacper, I think this should properly be directed to you. Will you please clear up some of these questions for us?

  22. John 5 March 2011 at 3:11 pm #

    I just bought the book and it is worth the cost.

    I am an experienced woodworker and an engineer and like the jigs and fixtures he has described. Sure, he isn’t a highly skilled cabinet maker, but he has come along very well.

    The sources and references are very worthwhile. We are going to build a greenhouse (20′-30′ diameter) using his techniques. They make sense and once you get past the “save the planet…kumbya crap, the approach makes a lot of sense…like what my grandparents taught me when I was growing up in Wisconsin in the 50s…when we were into “conservation” and were considered flannel-shirted hicks by the “beautiful people”….the ones who “discovered eco-everything” in the 60s and beyond.

    Enjoy yourselves and enjoy what you can learn in this book.

    Amherst, NH

  23. Tommy 5 March 2011 at 3:24 pm #

    I,m interested in the same questions before I pay $50.00 I want to know the angle of the cuts, and yes how to anchor the building, type of covering,durability etc. I don’t mind paying but I want some substance etc.

    • Al Hansen 29 April 2011 at 4:24 am #

      I bought the book about a month ago and yes it explains what you need to know to build your own dome. It does not list the angles but gives you a link to a fantastic calculator on a website that will figure all the lengths and angles you need by just entering the diameter of the dome you want to build and then deciding on how tall you want to go by choosing a 4/9 or 5/9 type. He talks about different kinds of coverings,grow box heating and air ventilation in minimal details with references or links to what he prefers but leaves all those choices of what you want and exactly how to do it up to you. But the instructions on how to build the structure of the dome are very well explained and worth the money.

  24. William 5 March 2011 at 5:27 pm #

    It sounds like soooo many other scams, they give you a small porcine of what you need then try to sell you more info so the job can be completed. I would buy the book in a flash if every thing is on the up and up.
    Kacper are you for real ?

    • Al Hansen 29 April 2011 at 4:32 am #

      Its not a scam! I bought the book and it has all the info you need to build the structural part of the dome and gives ideas and links on the covering material and vents and things like that but leaves what and how you finish the dome up to you to decide. I have emailed Kacper with questions and he got back with me and answered my questions in detail. It is worth it if you are serious about doing it. If you don’t have the Good miter saw and tools it can be done but would be very difficult or time consuming to do it but it could be done if your not in a hurry. If you are serious then get the book, invest in a saw or do like i did and get four or five friends that want to build green house domes to go in on the cost of the saw together and then we plan to do mine first then all of us will move from lot to lot building domes until we all have one.
      buy the book and improve your life.

  25. Barney Five 6 March 2011 at 1:56 am #

    I don’t know how Kacper did it, but if you pour concrete pylons with deep footings and make them wide enough to leave a bolt on each side of the vertex so you can bolt the bottom row to the pylons, it would take a pretty good puff to remove it. I’m interested in the hemp business. Never heard of using it in building. Mother Earth News had quite a series on domes way back in the early days that give a lot of information if you can get your hooks into it. If Kacper gives the angles to cut the struts this book is worth the coins. I just saw Dome Book One on eBay for $80, so $50 isn’t bad if the info is there. What say, Kacper?

  26. vera 6 March 2011 at 5:20 pm #

    Joy, Joy, Joy,
    Thank you, Kacper for your hard work, foresight, and inspiration. We are looking at the Biodime for our retirement project, as right now our jobs take up all our time.
    Your growing Tomatoes tips gave us a bumper crop of tomatoes that lasted us well into September, and has caught the attention of two of my adult children, who are now taking an interest in gardening and eating better. It is a fun family project.
    Good Job, young man, and I’m looking forward to how the generator turns out.
    Will you be using it for the Biodome as well?

  27. Pennie 6 March 2011 at 7:43 pm #

    Hi, I would also like to see a step by step cost refferal For this is something I would like to have built,here in Vermont possibly in the near future. Thankx

  28. bonnie 8 March 2011 at 5:13 am #

    Kacper You have our attention and good will …so please answer the questions raised. also please disclose a mailing or somekind of contact info so we feel like you are really there…I also thought you were in HI…as early on you had an HI address in one of your emails…please respond.

  29. pat 8 March 2011 at 7:39 pm #

    hey guys, i just bought the book and i can tell you he gives specific step by step instructions to build your dome as well as access to calculators that give exact quantity, lengths and angles to cut the 2×4’s needed to build any size of dome. well worth the 50 bucks, i am excited to build one but its too cold and snowy where i am right now! cheers!

  30. Teresa 27 March 2011 at 12:21 am #

    Hello to all, we bought the book. IT IS WELL WORTH THE $50. His experience cutting the angles and struts, and how to do it were very important for us. He gives websites where the calculations can be done at the click of a finger. THE BOOK IS WORTH THE $50. LOTS OF PHOTOS.

    At this website there is a calculator, plus plans that can be purchased for about $50 u.s. We did this one too.

    For about $80 to 100 worth of lumber, we can put up our garden dome, and for about $1.45 per sq. ft. we can cover it with PolyKeder. The U.S. distributors are Roger and Marie Haynes

    Just FYI, if you set it directly on level ground with the idea of using a gravel floor (like we are) put down rodent wire first to prevent rodent invasion/damage.

    Also, for extra warmth inside, we are going to build a “pop can solar heater” to use with our water tank.

    Thank you to the person who posted the hemp insulation website. That looks great. Hope they ship to U.S.

    Happy Gardening!

  31. Teresa 27 March 2011 at 12:24 am #

    P.S. I forgot to put the website for the other calculator which tells you surface area for your cover. Plus, they sell plans and we bought a 16 ft. plan from him. Really nice guy from the U.K. http://www.geo-dome.co.uk/default.asp

  32. Pat Cummings 18 April 2011 at 12:14 pm #

    Hi I would love to see your pics!! pat

  33. John Ohrvall 30 April 2011 at 9:02 pm #

    Where Is It:
    I just posted a video for you on my Biodome site
    which shows you how to attach the covering for
    your biodome green-house,

    • Kathy 4 June 2011 at 8:36 pm #

      What website is it that you posted attaching the covering for your biodome green-house? I want to build one, but would like to see one in person. I can’t seem to find one in my area, which is NY.

  34. Art Edwards 2 May 2011 at 4:14 pm #

    I would like to see pictures of your dome

  35. Bud 5 June 2011 at 7:06 pm #

    what is the address of you Biodome site so we can see the video

  36. Pat Bohn 5 June 2011 at 10:10 pm #

    John could you please provide link to your Biodome site I would also like to see how you attached the covering? thanks Pat

  37. John Ohrvall 30 June 2011 at 8:16 pm #

    Where are the pictures of the completed project, inside, entry and cover?

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