New School and Homes in Indonesia

Pouring the floor and foundation — Men mix and pour concrete for the floor / foundation.  Note the rebar “uprights” around the circumference.  These rebar are tied into the dome so that the floor and dome are completely connected.

Pouring the floor and foundation — Men mix and pour concrete for the floor / foundation. Note the rebar “uprights” around the circumference. These rebar are tied into the dome so that the floor and dome are completely connected. (Antonius Yusanto)


Airform spread out — The Airform is being spread out so that it can be attached to the floor.  Once attached, inflators will be attached and the dome will be inflated.
Economics — Ecoshell construction is very simple and can be taught to local labors in a few weeks.  This provides money and food for a family, as well as sustainable housing.
Rebar Placement  — Here, the crew is tying the reinforcing steel to the outside of the inflated membrane.  This membrane is inflated to a pressure sufficient for men to walk on top and tie the steel.
Bamboo Scaffolding — The local scaffolding may look primitive, but its very effective.

Using Monolithic EcoShell technology, construction of a new school and dome-homes is now underway in Indonesia.

In July 2006, DFTW and the World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations (WANGO) embarked on a project to rebuild an entire village devastated by an earthquake. Official completion of that village, New Ngelepen, was marked by a ribbon cutting ceremony in April 2007.

But the work continues with local labor constructing the school in New Ngelepen and EcoShell homes on Sumatera Island.