No Nails, No Lumber: The Bubble Houses of Wallace Neff

October 3, 2019 - Comment

Imagine a house constructed in less than forty-eight hours, without using lumber or nails, that is more resistant to fire, earthquakes, and hurricanes than any traditionally built structure. This may sound like the latest development in prefab housing or green architecture, but the design dates back to 1941 when architect Wallace Neff (1895 1982) developed

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Imagine a house constructed in less than forty-eight hours, without using lumber or nails, that is more resistant to fire, earthquakes, and hurricanes than any traditionally built structure. This may sound like the latest development in prefab housing or green architecture, but the design dates back to 1941 when architect Wallace Neff (1895 1982) developed Airform construction as a solution to the global housing crisis. Best known for his elegant Spanish Colonial revival estates in Southern California, Neff had a private passion for his dome-shaped “bubble houses” made of reinforced concrete cast in position over an inflatable balloon. No Nails, No Lumber shows the beauty and versatility of Neff ‘s design in new and vintage photography, previously unpublished illustrations, and archival material and ephemera.

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Anonymous says:

Essential reference for Monolithic Dome promoters and owners. Neff made important contributions to architecture and created incredible experiments with dome technology. This was at a time when most dome building was done with expensive scaffolding holding up molds and other incredible elaborations of conventional building methods. These were heroic efforts designed to create the perfect dome (something the Romans had done in ancient times and using far better concrete than is generally available today). This book is also referenced on Monolithic.com by…

Anonymous says:

Nice Pictures, but Almost No Practical Information You’d think with a name like “No Nails, No Lumber”, the book would talk about how to construct a bubble house. You’d be wrong. If what you want is lots of pictures of bubble houses with little or no practical information on how to build one, then this book is for you. Otherwise, you might want to save your money.

Anonymous says:

Inspiring. This book has alot of photos and diagrams. Not necessarily a how to book but is great for inspiration and ideas.

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