Incredible Dome Home Built In The 60s To Withstand Earthquakes

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Depending on where you live, it’s important that your home is prepped with the means necessaryto withstand the elements.

I have family in Florida whohavedoors and windows that can, and have, stood up against hurricanes. I’ve stayed in beach houses that rise above the streets on stilts in the caseof a flood. Some homes have emergency cellars just in case a tornado blows through.

Most of these homes all have these distinct details because of where they’re located. One home nestled off a quiet street in Pittsburgh has some uniquecharacteristics that have nothing to do with its location, however.

The dome-shaped home was built by the late designer Joseph Yacaboni. The structure was later named the Yaca Dome for his namesake.

Yaca Dome’s shape and build are meant to withstand earthquakes and winds reaching up to 250 mph, neither of which Pittsburgh experiences very often.

Was Yacaboni a visionary or a doomsday prepper? Scroll down to find out why he built this funny home on the outskirt of a city, and let us know what you think of it in the comments below!

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In the 1960s, Joseph Yacaboni received nine patents.

He used this opportunity to create an artistic and resilient building on the outskirts of the city.

Why the circular shape? The designer was well known for saying “there are no squares in nature.”

He wanted to bring the feeling of the outdoors into this unique home.

Today, travelers from all over the country can spend the night in the dome-shaped home.

Yaca Dome has three bedrooms and can sleep up to six people.

Each person whostays has a different experience.

Some feel the circular shape is otherworldlyand futuristic.

Others say the home is cozy and reminiscent of the time in which it was built.

Regardless, mostly everyone whostays feels their stay in the Yaca Dome is a special one.

Although it’s close to the city, the neighborhood has a very secluded nature-like feel to it.

“It’s about 1,250 square feet,” Lisa Podolinski told Pittsburgh Magazine in an interview. “Actually there are no squares!”

The designer’s original intention was to build a prefabricated home that was energy-efficient, affordable, and able to withstand the elements.

Although the design was not widely duplicated, it was certainly ahead of its time.

Would you want to live or vacation in this strange dome house?

Let us know in the comments, and don’t forget to SHAREthe Yaca Dome with anyonewho loves one-of-a-kind homes!

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