A beach front style home on a barrier
island in Florida. Survived Hurricane Ivan
generating great interest in domes. The ground floor is all garage and designed to let a storm surge
pass through with little or no damage. This was a joint effort between myself and
Jonathan Zimmerman, the San Francisco dome architect who
came up with this beautiful concept with lots of input
from Siglers. I did the rendering in Bryce5, the model itself
in ArchiCAD. See the
website, very interesting.
See more domes in the
from Sunday, 14
We visited the site on Nov. 9th,
2004, several months after the storm. Mark Sigler is in the blue
shirt, Loi on the left and me in the middle. The double curved
stairway is gone, ripped away by the 18' storm surge. It was designed
to do just that as was the the garage floor slab. A lot of houses were
swept completely off their pilings and deposited hundreds of feet away.
Some have obvious physical damage. Many have blue tarps over the roof.
Three to six feet of sand was washed away from under the houses. Mark
has already had sand brought back in. Houses that appear to be
unaffected actually have extensive water damage to the interior sheetrock,
carpeting and so on, because rain was forced in through the roof vents.
Setting like that for a few weeks brings on the mold. They will all
need to be gutted and redone inside. The destruction is unbelievable.
The dome performed as expected. If utilities were turned on it would
be livable as is. Mark will replace the vinyl floor tiles on the first
floor. In the right light you can see the edges have curled slightly
from exposure to water.
Pensacola Beach virtually destroyed,
but Dome of a Home still stands!
Hurricane Ivan Report From the Dome of a Home
by Valerie Sigler
September 17, 2004
Mark's decision to stay in the Dome of a Home with the news crew from
MSNBC during category 4 Hurricane Ivan was a testament to his faith in the
structure that we had built. Kerry Sanders, the MSNBC correspondent, had
been reporting on hurricanes for twenty-one years. He also felt confident in
the engineering and design of the home. As I stayed in contact with Mark
throughout the evening as Hurricane Ivan approached, he expressed surprise
and delight with how well the structure was responding. Live coverage was
broadcast on MSNBC until the equipment succumbed to the storm.
2:30 AM -- The eye of Hurricane Ivan is now making
landfall. Pensacola Beach is in absolutely the worst position (upper right
hand quadrant - east) as the storm arrives. Most of the MSNBC crew is
asleep. Asleep? I guess that is testament to the confidence the crew had in
the home and the fact that the noise from the storm was not unbearable. Mark
is awake listening as the wind intensifies and the water is crashing across
the island. The storm surge and rain caused five feet of water to rise
underneath the dome. Mark says he can hear debris crashing into the dome,
but does not feel any movement of the dome from the surging Gulf although
the water is flowing over the entire island. Although he has no visual
confirmation, he said it sounds like there are tornadoes howling around the
island. The most unnerving sensation is the realization that there is no
land until you reach Gulf Breeze.
7:30 AM -- Daylight has brought devastating visuals of a
storm whose damage far exceeds that of Hurricane Opal in 1995.
The Dome of a Home has maintained its structural integrity! Everyone is
safe and the home will be livable again with some necessary repairs. We did
have wind driven rain leak through the windows and flood the floors. The
good news is that the dome is still standing, albeit with some exterior
damage from the staircases that were ripped away by the waves. The
geo-thermal system is damaged, the fences gone, and the garage concrete
floor has disappeared.
Mark has been traipsing across the island and says that the devastation
is extensive. All lower floors are gone with the blow-out walls doing
exactly as designed -- being blown away, literally. It seems evident the
entire beach was covered with at least 5 feet of water. All of the garages
and their concrete floors have disappeared. The Catholic Church's roof has
sustained much damage and the school looks like it has been hit hard. Homes
that were older and still on the ground level have basically vanished. The
surge has subsided on the Gulf side, but the Sound side of the island is
still under waist deep water.
Read the report filed by the MSNBC reporter, Kerry Sanders,
that rode out the storm in the dome with Mark.
MARK AND VALERIE ON THE DOME'S 3RD FLOOR DECK