Styrofoam is great for many things, including these earthquake-proof homes in Japan. Each piece is glued together to create a dome that weighs around 80kg, and the finished product can be used as permanent residences, guesthouses or even small hotels in rural areas. “The beads in conventional polystyrene are expanded about 50% to 60% the original size of the styrene monomer, causing the absorption of a large amount of oxygen. Japan Dome House has developed a method which only expands the styrene monomers about 20% and minimizes the absorption of oxygen. This makes the material much stronger than conventional foam while keeping its highly insulating qualities,” according to RealEstate.co.jp. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.
“A dome house can be put together in just one week by a team of three people, using modular pieces, and the price is between Y7 million and Y8 million ($68,700 and $78,500) for a house with a floor space of about 36-sqm (387-sqft) and a ceiling height of 3 meters (9.8 feet). Since Styrofoam does not rot or rust and is not at risk of termite infestation, these dome houses are considered very durable, reports Oddity Central.