Home of the Future
By Zoe Cassell
WELCOME inside the eerie alternative 1970’s experimental dome home housing model of the future that sadly never came-to-pass.
This now-crumbling building inspired the Xanadu homes, a trend which swept across the States after Bob Masters opened the first house in Wisconsin in 1979.
Deemed the ‘home of the future’ the trend quickly became popular and Masters opened one close to Walt Disney’s Epcot Centre in 1983, which was visited by more than one-thousand people each day.
The decaying home in Florida, USA, was photographed by urban explorer known as Bullet (28) using a Nikon D810.
“This house was built with the future in mind,” said Bullet.
“It’s ironic that its future entails rotting away in the woods.
“I know this home was lived in at some point in the 80s but you would need a certain mindset to live in it.”
The house was made by inflating a balloon to the size of each room and then spraying it with polyurethane insulation foam to create a rigid wall.
The results which you can see in these intriguing photos are extremely cramped dome shaped rooms with low ceilings.
“The curved walls limit what you can have, making it near impossible to hang anything on as they’re made of foam which would crumble if you hit it with a nail,” Bullet added.
“Repairs such as wiring or piping are probably a nightmare to deal with.”
Considered a failed experiment by the 1990s, most of the Xanadu homes were demolished but this hidden gem lives on tucked away in the woods.
Urban explorer Bullet stumbled across this home when he and a friend stopped on the highway to eat.
“While all the Xanadu homes have been torn down, it was amazing to see and photograph the home that inspired the idea for them.
“Many people are amazed that this stuff exists, especially here in Florida where buildings are torn down very quickly to make way for new developments.”