Mud Dome Challenge

Dome making is an extraordinary job. The volume of centering and shuttering required is enormous. In the traditional methods, the precision work is most challenging. We do know that dome is great and the only natural choice for a stable and strong building structure, but we end up making only a few and only for such projects where the cost and economy is no major consideration, but aesthetics are.

To already a monumental task of constructing a basic and natural dome, if we add the difficulty and challenge of constructing an affordable dome for the purpose of shelter and human habitat, the present day technologies and market set up do not accommodate. Now, if we further increase the stakes and challenge the house makers of today to construct an affordable dome hut out of Mud in order to further enhance the living experience, there shall be no takers.

A Mud Dome Hut is a big question mark? This is almost an unreal proposition and possible only on an exorbitant cost. A mud dome hut, if made, shall be a wonder house, as it shall be the most desired form of shelter for the major part of world population, which actually lives below poverty line and who adores mud and know everything about it. As the experts in the field will tell us, a mud dome hut, if possibly made so, shall not only be stable, shall also be strong and stylish. It can be very cool in summers and equally comfortable in winters. If protected well from rain, it shall sustain for years together, quite comparable to other forms of contemporary buildings.

Mud is everywhere. It is easy to identify the type of mud suitable for building construction. There are several techniques and materials available to convert and stabilize a poor quality mud into a good one. The only thing the world does not know is the suitable formwork which can increase the speed of construction and reduce its const. A rigid steel formwork doesn’t allow for the all expanding and shrinking mud. Traditional formwork has been used at places but doesn’t lead to a perfect structure and will cost exorbitantly being highly labor intensive. Monolithic is suitable only for RCC Dome structures, no application for mud available. Other traditional methods and techniques do not allow for a dome structure, however, some do create oblong, imperfectly shaped structures.

Theoretically, however, a stabilized mud structure in a hemispherical dome form is possible, but up to a limited span. No method known as of today is able to create a true Mud Dome Shelter, economically, as required.

Here enters Spur D, year of establishment: 2015. Having successfully constructed concrete shells of big-enough spans, Spur D have accepted this challenge. An in-depth analysis of the Spurred Shells method, being used, has given confidence and raised hopes of completing this task successfully. Be it the use of Funnel-Shaped-Sun-dried bricks, to the eventual use of Mud Mortar and bulk material for thick-wall-mud-dome, we have found our technology waiting for such an opportunity. We know that the eventual sag that our formwork takes while casting, shall allow the mud, etc, to consolidate and settle itself while going bottom up. Once casted, we have an even easier method for the removal of formwork. Eventually a strong and stable dome should be ready in no time.