Superadobe in Colombia

Very nice superadobe dome home in Colombia
Very nice superadobe dome home in Colombia

Asi vamos con la Casa de los Domos
“Acabados dizque finales…ja,ja…es la casa sin fin !
Barichara, Colombia
Barichara is a town and municipality in the Santander Department in northeastern Colombia. (Nice. Be sure to look at photos of Barichara.)

I’m a big fan of earthbagbuilding!

I send you another link to one of my albums on facebook (there are more than 2600 photos available) if you want to have more photos of the construction process of the House Barichara Domes. As you see are four domes: one for the main room dome, 1 dome for my son’s room, one dome for the study and the largest dome is the kitchen. Everything connected with flat roof to collect rainwater.”

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6 thoughts on “Superadobe in Colombia”

  1. Hello!
    We are Gloria and Antonio and we are going to build near Valledupar Colombia. We need to start and for that we need to know where did you buy the long bag!!
    please lets us know!
    Antonio and Gloria

    Hola! Somos 2 amigos (Colombiana y Chileno) Tenemos experiencia de superadobe pero en Chile!
    Queremos construir un Domo acá y nos gustaria saber si nos pueden ayudar a conseguir la manga larga para construir…queremos saber donde comprarla. Nosotros estamos cerca de Valledupar y bueno estamos consiguiendo los materiales y vamos a trabajar en base a voluntarios!!
    Si pueden responder a les agradeceria mucho!!
    Gloria y Antonio

  2. Hi all!

    Greetings from Colombia!, Thanks for your comments and especially thanks to Owen for publishing my work on your blog of which I am a big fan.

    The house, 145 m2, stabilized the soil with lime, we use open bags (raschel mesh) to have a better grip of the plaster or plaster to the surface and not have to use chicken wire.

    The interior plasters are made with lime (lime and sand) and also outside but had changed the domes, as not withstood the strong rainy season and that we tried to waterproofing with silicate paints.

    We changed the plaster of cement domes (had to make expansion joints) and impermeabilizamos in three phases: emulsified asphalt, alumol (reflective paint that protects the emulsion) and above this paint with acrylic paint for exteriors.

    The flat roof connecting the domes are thought to collect rainwater (has 9 downspouts that collect more than 8000 liters in two hours of heavy rain) in an area where it rains very little or only in seasons is an average temperature of 25 degrees celsius and we are at 950 meters above sea level so we have outdoor bathrooms and bamboo doors.

    The roof is made ​​of concrete and below the tile you see in the pictures is a flexible blanket waterproofing asphalt emulsion, chicken wire and cement for joints sika1.

    The domes have side openings that rest on the bottom openings to heat well housing, natural ventilation openings zenith was avoided because in warm weather so act like a greenhouse.

    We spent building the house one year and one month three.

    excuse my bad English!

    greetings from Barichara

  3. Like the first poster, I have to let out a whopping WOW! too. I love this place! Owen, get your doodles going! I would love to see a “floorplan” of this, with Calif buttresses. I imagine Colombia gets as much rain as Oregon or Norcal, right? I do believe this would work beautifully for my area. (earthquake and rain). What did they cover the top part of the domes with? Elastomeric? Tar then paint? So many questions, but I’m excited, to say the least.

  4. WOW. That house is gorgeous and I’m not even a big dome fan. What do you think they made the flat roof out of? It doesn’t really look like cement but I can’t imagine what else it could be. Anyway, again I say WOW.

    • Most builders utilize traditional flat roof building methods that are popular in their area. It’s probably cement.


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