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CAPE ROMANO DOME HOUSE -MARCO ISLAND, FLORIDA

Built in Florida in 1981 on the southern tip of Florida’s Marco Island, the ultra-modern Dome House is a complex of stilted concrete igloos slowly being reclaimed by the sea. 

The eccentric vacation home of retired oil producer, Bob Lee, was to be a self-sufficient, eco-friendly relaxation spot for his family. Among the innovations at the site are the raised units themselves which would be heated by lighting fires among the concrete pylons beneath the rooms, and the dome-shaped roofs which were to direct rainwater into troughs that would then be collected for showering and dishwater.

Even the tumultuous Florida weather was taken into account and the sturdy, rounded domes were able to sustain hurricane winds with little damage. Unfortunately as the landscape on the edge of the island began to change, simple erosion finally made the homes unlivable. The firm beach on which the domes were built began to be overtaken by the sea, until the domes were surrounded on all sides by water. They only survive thanks to the concrete pillars elevating them above the water level.

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