Square buildings are so 20th century! On the west coast, geodesic domes have changed the look of towns forever—and nowhere have they become so ingrained in local culture as in the town of Domsten where (in keeping with the Swedish tradition of corny slogans) the official motto is “En dom e inte dom den”. (It has to be pronounced in a Skånsk accent for the joke to work properly).
Domes are not a new architectural phenomenon, of course: they have been used in religious buildings for centuries, due to their acoustics and aesthetics, and they went through a faddish stage in the mid-C20th (ask your grandparents). This latest dome trend, however, stems more from their ecological and economic properties than their looks: the dome shape requires less material to construct than a square building, while also decreasing the volume of air that needs to be heated or cooled. Thanks to their distributed joints, and some structural tricks perfected by the various militaries that have used domes for housing radar installations, they are also very capable windbreakers—which has proved vital during the big storms of the last decades, but will be equally welcome to anyone unaccustomed to the somewhat gusty airs of the västkust.
For the true dome experience, DomeStayIn is ground zero. As you approach the town of Domsten on the coastal bike path, you’ll see small domes dotted inside the pine forest just by the beach. The domes vary in size: some are basically small houses for families, complete with your own forest garden, while for the budget-conscious, there are also 10 square meter domes that contain a large bed, a compost-toilet compartment, and not a lot else. The highlight is the large panorama section facing the ocean. What a view to wake up to!