As a child of the nineties (born early eighties) I obviously have a good taste in music (Ace of Base, still da bomb, son!) and movies. You know those movies, with Jean-Claude Van Damme, who is – as we all know – the world’s best actor. Kickboxer and Bloodsport are still my all time favorite boy flicks. But what I also really liked was 1996 movie Bio-Dome, with Pauly Shore, who must have been the complete opposite of JCVD. You know, the one where he gets himself locked into a Bio-Dome. Truthfully, I didn’t care much for Pauly Shore. But I loved the idea of his Bio-Dome.
Luckily the nineties are long gone and we’re basically living in the future – from the standpoint of 15 year old the.ego.tripper. And this future we’re living in is quite cool. Cause we can actually have our own Bio-Domes right now. Or at least stay in them for a few nights. Some call ’em ‘pods’ now, but that’s just future gibberish. Anyway, I’ll present you a few of the world’s coolest bio-dome hotels:
Elqui Domos Astronomical Hotel
Elqui Domos is a very unique lodging offer in Chile. It is one of the 7 astronomic hotels worldwide, and the only one in the South Hemisphere. Elqui Domos was born in 2005 to fulfill its owners desire to observe and enjoy the grandeur of the skies of the Elqui Valley. The cool thing about it: it’s also bookable through Airbnb for 176€ a night.
Ecopod Boutique Retreat
Ecopod Boutique Retreat in Scotland is an eco friendly, low-carbon hotel, set amongst jaw dropping vistas along the western Scottish coastline. These rather smart geodesic Ecopods sit above on a ridge nestled amongst a canopy of flora & fauna on the shores of Loch Linnhe. Perfect dens for those seeking privacy & solace from life in the fast lane; the modern, spacious open-plan interiors borrow elements from an urban loft paring designer furnishings and lovely quirky traditional touches of stag’s antlers and natural sheepskins.
Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort
Alright, fair enough, you could call these domes ‘igloos’, but you know… poteeeto potaaato. Hotel Kakslauttanen is the home of the famous Igloo Village with the unique Glass and Snow Igloos and the World’s largest snow restaurant. In addition guests can enjoy all the other Lappish winter activities including the Northern Lights (Aurora borealis) visible generally from late August to late April. Surrounded by Lapland’s exotic and stunning scenery, not only can guests sample the peace of sleeping in snow (the snow muffles sound, and provides a great night’s sleep), the glass igloos are fantastic for lying on your bed at night, watching the Northern Lights in the warm.
EcoCamp is situated in the very heart of Torres del Paine National Park and provides the region’s first fully sustainable accommodation, complete with green technology. You enjoy guided treks and wildlife excursions by day and share evening meals with new friends, before falling asleep gazing up at the star-filled sky through your dome ceiling. Wake up in the middle of the Patagonian wilderness in a cozy geodesic dome, with a panoramic view of the majestic Torres del Paine, ready to pick up the hiking trail!
Whitepod Eco-luxury Hotel
Magical winter and summer eco-camp in remotest Switzerland, with stunning views, ample activities and a real back-to-nature vibe. Whitepod is a collection of uber-cosy, igloo-shaped pods (tents), clustered around the Pod House (a central wooden chalet) and set in the pristine Swiss mountains. The camp philosophy is very much about saving the environment and getting away from it all. There are no noisy bars or busy streets nearby, nor are there crowds of speed-junky skiers; just the camp, its private slopes and nature – lots of it. It is utterly still and unbelievably beautiful.
Good plan for lovers, an unusual night in a transparent bubble, night under the stars in a bubble hotel in France. The Attrap’Reves Bubble Hotel in France lets guests sleep under the stars— in style. And in different locations on the French countryside.
That’s cool, right? But what if spending a few nights in a Bio-Dome just isn’t enough? What if you want to live in your own Bio-Dome for the rest of your life? Well, just buy one then. The American company Pacific Domes sells domes for all types of usage: event domes, shelter domes, greenhouse domes, playground domes, … Pacific Domes, located in Ashland, Oregon has been designing and building domes since 1980. They use the sacred geometry of R. Buckminster Fuller to create spacious, yet structurally sound domes of all sizes. Pacific Domes have been used for special events, weddings, meditation, yoga and healing spaces, schools, emergency shelters, eco-living, camping, and a large dome without the cover is even used for the infamous “Thunderdome” at Burning Man. Pacific Domes have also been used in Haiti and after Hurricane Katrina for temporary shelters and hospitals.
Many Pacific Dome customers purchase their domes to live in. The company offers different cover materials to allow for use in any climate. They have insulation packages available that, in conjunction with a wood stove or other heating system, make the dome a comfortable space in cold weather. They also recommend radiant heat in the dome floor. Larger domes can accommodate lofts, walls, and other partitions to create separate rooms. All interior construction should be free standing and self supported.
The dome frames are made from galvanized steel. The steel, in conjunction with the geodesic design, creates an amazingly strong structure using a minimal amount of material. Geodesic domes are world-renowned for their strength and integrity. Depending on your situation and needs, they offer “heavy duty” 1.31”, through “extreme” 1.9”, frames in addition to the “standard” .92” frame. The dome covers are made of SunLite fabric or Tropical fabric. Insulation can be a liner with Reflectix or a thermoshield painted on the inside of the dome.
Anyway, you get it. I like domes.