Creating gothic arches using Airform technology
In April of 2021, an exciting project landed on my desk. Ryan Brown of Aubrey, Texas had been working with his architect and Monolithic on the planning of his new dome home for a few months, and it was finally time to work on the pattern for his Airform. As soon as I saw he wanted gothic-style extended augments, I knew the pattern would be tricky.
For one thing, It had been a while since we’d built any Monolithic Domes with gothic arches. This dome home features six extended gothic-style augments, and two of those augments are very large. In addition, planning and constructing augments like these are highly technical because they require cutting a large hole in the dome, and then connecting to an almost perfectly vertical section of the gothic augment.
Our company has been working to perfect the methods to inflate and install the end frames for these augments so that wrinkles in the skin are rare. You will notice on this airform that we have large areas of the dome that are sacrificial, this is important so that the shape of the augments is maintained and that the crew has space to install the frames as designed.