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AD Classics: Xanadu House / Roy Mason, © William Ackel
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From the architect. Heralded as “House of the Future”, the Xanadu House by Roy Mason is a domed structure constructed completely form insulating polyurethane foam. The house was appropriately built less than 30 miles away from Disney World’s “Land of Tomorrow” Epcot Center and the two were opened only a few months apart.

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© William Ackel

The Xanadu House Project consisted of three show homes throughout the United States; the other two were constructed in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin and Gatlinburg, Tennessee. 

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© William Ackel

The point of the homes was to show the general public that this innovative structure could provide a low cost modern home that could be built quickly and easily. The Kissimmee House was the most popular, partially because of its size but also because of its prime location. At its high point the house was attracting 1000 visitors per day.

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© William Ackel

The innovative new design technique was design by architect Bob Masters. The system of assembly for the Xanadu Houses involved inflating a large vinyl balloon. Once inflated a layer of quick-hardening polyurethane foam was applied. The foam was built up to five to six inches and the balloon was removed. Several domes were constructed next to each other and interconnected, creating the overall residence. Masters was inspired by the Kesinger House in Denver, Colorado, one of the first rigid insulation homes ever built.

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© William Ackel

A Computer system within the interior of the home helped extend the futuristic feeling inward. A system named “autochef” planned balanced meals and cooked them automatically at a set date and time. Visitors to the house were brought through the house by an automated tour guide. “Videotexture” windows contained computer generated landscapes that could change with the click of a button.

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© William Ackel

Though the house was cutting edge in its materiality and computer automation, its construction yielded dark, cavernous spaces. The main and largest dome stood over the main den area. To prevent possible collapse the roof of this dome was supported by a faux tree  The domed walls offered little head room and though window openings were cut into the exterior little light came into the space.

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© William Ackel

After materials and methods used within the house became obsolete it began to lose its popularity. Soon enough the house fell into disrepair. After being sold in 1997 the house was used briefly as office space and then once again abandoned; the structure was demolished in 2005.

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© William Ackel
Cite: Greg LeMaire. "AD Classics: Xanadu House / Roy Mason" 21 Sep 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/156292/ad-classics-xanadu-house-roy-mason/>
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William Franco · September 29, 2011

mi nombre es William Vasquez, no William Franco,
Gracias

Nanami X · September 26, 2011

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Robin Brittain · September 22, 2011

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Tomorrow's Project · September 22, 2011

Is Roy Mason&#39s #Xanadu really the "House of the Future?" http://ow.ly/6BHAO

Kazuki Sugiura · September 22, 2011
Steve · September 22, 2011

Xanadu? More like Xanadon't... you might need some aloe for that sick burn.

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arch_related · September 22, 2011

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Randy · September 22, 2011

LOL, just...LOL. Btw, didn`t anyone proofread this?

Chris · September 22, 2011

HAHA! Hilarious, reminds me of Logan's Run..

rupertkensington · September 22, 2011

Me and my friends used to go rummage around in here after it closed down, in Kissimmee. Very interesting spaces but the materiality of it was doomed to begin with, you could literally grab foam chunks off with your hand. Homeless people loved it though.

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