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The Clarks’ Monolithic Dome: A House Built of Credit Cards

Image: Living room — It’s on the main floor and includes a small, wood-burning stove. The owners are not expecting to use the stove. Instead, they rely on a hot water system running along the floor of each level.

Living room — It’s on the main floor and includes a small, wood-burning stove. The owners are not expecting to use the stove. Instead, they rely on a hot water system running along the floor of each level.

Image: House built of credit cards — The two-dome home of the Gary E. Clark family of Ann Arbor, Michigan is a 36’ hemisphere on an 18’ stemwall, buried 9’ into the ground.

House built of credit cards — The two-dome home of the Gary E. Clark family of Ann Arbor, Michigan is a 36’ hemisphere on an 18’ stemwall, buried 9’ into the ground.

Image: Main floor — It encompasses 1000 feet of living space, shared by a foyer, great room, TV room, kitchen, study and half bath.

Main floor — It encompasses 1000 feet of living space, shared by a foyer, great room, TV room, kitchen, study and half bath.

Image: Great room — Three large windows and a 17-foot-high ceiling amaze visitors to the great room.

Great room — Three large windows and a 17-foot-high ceiling amaze visitors to the great room.

Image: Monk staircase — Width on each step alternates from left to right. This enables the staircase to be much steeper, almost like a ladder, and still “feel” like a regular staircase when climbing or descending.

Monk staircase — Width on each step alternates from left to right. This enables the staircase to be much steeper, almost like a ladder, and still “feel” like a regular staircase when climbing or descending.

Image: Bathroom — The Clarks utilized space near the dome wall in the bathrooms.

Bathroom — The Clarks utilized space near the dome wall in the bathrooms.

Image: Bedroom — Master bedroom has an 18-foot-high ceiling. A monk staircase leads to a L-shaped, 250-square-foot study.

Bedroom — Master bedroom has an 18-foot-high ceiling. A monk staircase leads to a L-shaped, 250-square-foot study.

Image: Economical heating — An under-the-floor, hot water system keeps this Monolithic Dome home cozy warm. The hot water comes from a boiler in the basement.

Economical heating — An under-the-floor, hot water system keeps this Monolithic Dome home cozy warm. The hot water comes from a boiler in the basement.