After Shanmugan’s post above about Pabal Domes, I spent some time researching these domes. I spoke with Mr. Raju Bawadhankar who is associated with Vigyan Ashram and he sent me the pics below:
Here’s the pricing given over the phone:
For a 6m diameter kit with a carpet area of 280 square feet, the cost is 35-45000. You will have to get the installation/building done on your own.
Or, you could have Mr. Bawadhankar visit your site (anywhere in the country) and he/his team will execute the work for a total cost of about Rs. 1,50,000/-, for the 6m kit.
Information on living in domes is scarce, but here is what I’ve gathered:
- Sound acoustics can be a problem with a lack of privacy within.
- Vastu concerns exist, from what I understand, domes/pyramids are preferred for Puja rooms and the energy within a dome may overwhelm a normal person. (critique welcome!)
- Getting used to the round shape! The curved wall from the inside in the 3rd pic is giving my brain a twist!