Domed Housing

Image5South Africans are well acquainted with “rondavels” for accommodation but no measurable effort has gone into bringing them into line with modern construction practice, up until now that is. An ex South African now living in England, Jay Emery, has been working at developing a modern day version of this traditional dwelling, pioneering the construction of “Domed” houses with a patented manufacturing process that uses modern techniques and materials.

In simple terms an inflatable form is used to provide the shape of the structure, which is then covered by guniting or hand applying on a layer of special concrete mix topped with a final waterproofing layer. The form is then removed for use on the next structure. The finishing touches are then applied.


The end product is a very attractive structure that takes the rondavel into the 21st century. More than this however they are practical, attractive, easy and quick to erect, have reduced material usage, are strong, have significant life expectancy over traditional methods, and are easy to maintain.

This makes them beneficial to government housing agencies, rural communities, farmers, and mining companies. In conclusion domed housing is innovative, cost effective, structurally sound and an exceptional alternative to current building methodologies. It can therefore be materially beneficial in providing a housing solution in South Africa and other developing countries.