Monolithic Towers: Multistory Dormitories and Apartments
A need and a request
Monolithic has been a bit slow about designing and building multistory living units. We recognize the need is extremely great. In many places land is just too valuable to tie up with single-unit residences.
So we have asked architects and designers to come up with multistory designs, that we call Monolithic Towers. In the past, we have called the towers Titan.
Some multistory designs
Leland A. Gray, Architect of Salt Lake City, Utah designed the multistory towers included here. They are relatively simple to build and have many Monolithic Dome advantages.
Like a Monolithic Dome, they are safe from fire and high winds.
They could be made tornado-safe by installing windows that can withstand tornadoes. And it would be relatively easy to make them hurricane-safe with windows that are not so rugged. (Testing a structure for tornado safety requires a 2″ × 4″ plank traveling at 130 mph. Testing for hurricane safety requires a plank that is half the weight of the 2″ × 4″ traveling at 35 mph.)
We all recognize the silo shape that’s so popular throughout America’s farmlands. Often silos are the only structures left after a tornado. They are inherently strong and safe – almost as good as a dome for withstanding high winds.
Monolithic Towers would have a shape similar to a silo, but the construction would be virtually identical to that of a Monolithic Dome as would their energy efficiency and safety.
These structures can stand as individual units or in a string of multiple units. They certainly have a lot of flexibility.
If you would like to design a layout, we would be glad to consider it.
It’s easy to imagine these Monolithic Towers as ten or more stories tall, with elevator shafts in their centers or between units. Layouts can be altered to include multiple apartments per floor.
Let us know what you think.