Publish at September 27 2022 Updated September 27 2022

The disappearance of round houses

Once common, they have given way to straight lines

Round House

The history of human habitation is peculiar. When we look at the earliest houses, most adopted roundness. Whether it was teepees, igloos or yurts, it seems that early civilizations were obsessed with circles. Yet today, bubble houses are extremely rare. How can this be explained?

In fact, in order to house more citizens in one place, engineers have noted throughout history that it was more interesting to use lines and right angles in order to delineate buildings more simply. Bubble houses appeared in the post-World War II period when some architects wanted to bring singularity and more luminous dwellings. Thus were born some initiatives in the 1960s and 1970s. Then, real estate regulations sealed the fate of these houses that, ironically, are nowadays part of the international heritage.

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