HDomes & The Luxury Look have joined together to bring you a unique concept in sustainable, eco-friendly building on a global scale. Homes, villages, communities, hotels, storm shelters and homes for the homeless have been built in Haiti, Australia, Figi, Indonesia, Hawaii, California, Arizona, and many more places.
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Meet the HDomes and Hildebrand Construction Team
Dan Hildebrand Owner and Builder
Originally from North London, Dan first traveled around the US at age 19, hitch-hiking and busing his way across the country. He returned to the UK and became a successful actor but returned periodically to work in Hollywood. In 1991 he moved to the US permanently and has since combined his passions - acting, design and construction. In 2002 he attended the Monolithic Institute workshop for the first of three certifications. His dome construction work has seen him oversee multiple projects in Australia, Indonesia, Vanuatu, and many of the US states. His work in raising the funds and constructing a large orphanage in Haiti as well as other philanthropic work led to him receiving the Social Impact award in Los Angeles in December 2013. HDomes are actively involved in bringing new products and innovative construction methodologies to the task of combating the world wide need for urban redevelopment and the evolution of housing in the 21st century.
Dan believes equally in the importance of building performance as well as design aesthetics, and welcomes any and all contributions and suggestions that further the development of the future of housing and community buildings.
Kristine Vowles Interior Designer Prior to obtaining her real estate license some 35 years ago, Kristine attended college and studied Business Management and Law, then enrolled in Interior Design school and obtained her Real Estate license all by the age of 21. Kristine started her path of Real Estate business management by holding top executive positions to name a few with Prudential, Coldwell Banker and her last role prior to starting the Luxury Look was as CFO and Operations manager of various Keller Williams offices here in Arizona and previously a part owner of in one of them.
Kristine's passion for design drew her to launch The Luxury Look in 2013. The company’s focus is on Interior Design, Dome Designing, Luxury Home consulting and Staging. She currently serves as the exclusive Designer for HDomes. Recently, she was named the Arizona State President for The National Real Estate Staging Association, Voted as one of the Top 100 “Most Influential in the Real Estate Staging Industry”. Kristine has won multiple awards for her work including “Lifetime Achievement Award” in 2018, and she has appeared on National Television and is the co-author for the 2nd Edition of “Selling Luxury Homes Mastery” due out January 2019. She currently serves on the Sherwin Williams Pro Advisory Board and Leadership committee for the National Home Staging Assoc. Her company is the first “Hall of Fame” winner in “Best of Design” from the City of Scottsdale. Kristine puts her creative talents to good use by incorporating and mixing luxury elements and natural materials to create spaces that feel open, serene and timeless. Kristine’s global luxury lifestyle branded company “The Luxury Look” is marked by its distinctive designs and sophisticated soulful character. Whatever your design style or size of project Kristine can bring it to a beautiful completion.
The Monolithic Dome is a reinforced concrete structure that can be built quickly and economically. The Monolithic Dome provides a secure, high quality, hyper-insulated permanent home that protects its inhabitants from the elements and natural disasters.
This Luxury home has survived over 4 Hurricanes and is beautifully designed.
NBC had a news crew stay in this home during a recent hurricane. Read below:
By Kerry SandersCorrespondent NBC News updated 9/16/2004 9:39:43 AM - REPORTER'S NOTEBOOK PENSACOLA BEACH, Fla. — First light revealed that the "Dome Home" made it through the night and did exactly what it was designed to do -- survive even the worst hurricane. I’ve been hunkered down with an NBC News team in a “Dome Home” right on Pensacola Beach, directly in the path of Hurricane Ivan. The shape of the home is what you might suspect from its name. It was designed by Mark Sigler to withstand winds up to 300 miles per hour and a direct hit from a hurricane. FEMA, the federal agency, approved the plans, and even provided a small grant to the beachfront project. The house sits on 16 pilings, driven 17 feet into the sand. It's a solid concrete house with 5 miles of steel reinforcements for added support. The shape of the house, in conjunction with the pilings, was designed to allow the water to literally wash around the house, rather than knock it down. And that’s exactly what happened. First light, still standing The bad news: part of the design included break-away stairs. And in the storm surge the stairs did as intended and washed away. So we are in a house that is 22 feet above ground and we have no way down. The "Dome of a Home," built specifically to withstand the high powered winds of hurricanes, at dusk.That is not important however because there is no down to go. We are surrounded by water. All around, the barrier island that makes up Pensacola Beach is submerged -- and damage is widespread along this barrier island. The 'dome home' has some wet floors but not much else. We have a generator so we have power. The wet floors are the result of driving winds forcing the rain water into the small crevices of the home. There was even a moment of humor this morning when a small green tree frog appeared in the kitchen. The frog discovered the 'dome home' was a good place to hide. Relief and heavy sleep Sigler, the Dome’s designer was relieved this morning. His home, did as it was designed to do. "I'm tired. I didn't get a lot of sleep. The sleep I got was the sleep of the dead," Sigler said. "I was amazed the way this dome home did as it was designed to do. Considering we have some wet floors and not much more -- it's just amazing." Craig White, an NBC News cameraman, gave an indication of how quiet it was inside the dome. "I slept through most of it,” he said. Chuck Stewart, an NBC sound engineer and a veteran of Hurricane Andrew said there was no comparison with the deadly Category 5 blast in 1992. "Wind and terror factor during Andrew was a 10," he said. "This was maybe a 5." Unfortunately, not all of the dome’s neighbors fared so well. Three houses directly to the east are gone. The houses to the west have the windows blown out and are likely trashed inside. "There's an alternate way to do coastal building and I think the dome might be it," said Sigler. Kerry Sanders is an NBC News correspondent on assignment in Pensacola Beach, Fl. covering Hurricane Ivan. For more information on the "Dome Home" www.domeofahome.com
Dome under construction in Hawaii Stewart Ulrich • Published Thursday at 9:00am • News The Maui Ocean Center on the island of Maui will soon be the home of a Monolithic Dome functioning as a theater for the center. Ground was broken in April 2018 and construction is underway. The dome will function as a 3D theater for the center, highlighting a film on humpback whales. Elyse Ditzel, Director of Marketing for the Maui Ocean Center, spoke about the formulation of the film and theater. “When planning a new exhibit featuring humpback whales, the team brought together a multi-disciplinary group of scientists, marine naturalists, cinematographers, designers and educators,” she stated. “Their collaboration was the impetus for the development of an film highlighting the behavior of a humpbacks in Hawaii.” Ditzel stated this structure will be “the first immersive 3D dome theater of its kind in the State of Hawai‘i.” As to how the dome will serve as a theater Ditzel elaborated by saying “the dome theater will provide the platform for a film where Humpback whales will come to life by combining leading edge 3D with active-response glasses projected into a spherical environment can create more of a dimensional illusion.” When planning and researching the theater, a Monolithic Dome was selected as the solution because of “creating a seamless platform that could provide an intimate yet virtual diving encounter with Hawai‘i’s most iconic animals, the humpback whale,” Ditzel stated. Dan Hildebrand of HDomes Consulting & Construction was contracted to build the dome. Hildebrand went out to the site a year ago and has been involved in the process. He stated that the original idea was the build an insulated ecoshell, to get the interior surface as spherical as possible. However, that idea was soon scrapped in favor of a Monolithic Dome because of the proximity to fish tanks. Insulation on the outside of an ecoshell could blow off and land in the tanks. A Monolithic Dome encapsulates the foam insulation between the airform membrane and the concrete, thus eliminating the risk of blowing off and landing in nearby tanks. “The wind here is unbelievable,” Hildebrand stated. Since the center is a working facility, it has created a challenge for Hildebrand to build the structure. “It’s quite a tight space,” he stated while pointing out that between 1,500 and 3,000 people go through the facility a day. “We are aware of the demands of building in a working facility.” Hildebrand Dome Construction is the builder on the project, with an Airform from Monolithic Constructors, Inc. Chris Zweifel is the engineer. The dome will be built as a 2/3 sphere dome. Hildebrand stated this has been a challenging but exciting project. “I’m excited by this project because it will be striking and garner a lot of attention,” he stated. The target for the opening of the theater if late fall of 2018, according to Ditzel. “Work is progressing well and excitement continues to build,” she stated.
This village of EcoShells was constructed in Indonesia in the wake of an earthquake. The project comprised a full infrastructure build and 80 structures were erected in less than five months, using local labor. The community has now become a tourist attraction.
Click the video below to watch the construction process of one of our domes. Partnered with FEMA and City of Birmingham, we constructed a monolithic dome as a Community Tornado Shelter in Alabama. The Dome is 5,000 square ft and can provide emergency shelter for 900 people.
The EcoShell is a reinforced concrete structure that can be built quickly and economically. The EcoShell provides a secure, high quality, permanent home that protects its inhabitants from the elements and natural disasters.