Ever fancy living like those little blue creatures you used to watch on Saturday mornings? A certain faction of people in Kyushu, Japan are doing just that. And if you thought styrofoam was reserved only to house your cup of morning coffee, read on.

Habitat For the 21st Century

The designer of the 480 domes at Aso Farm Land resort village in Kyushu was certainly thinking outside the “box”.

These igloo-shaped structures built from snap-together wall sections (175 lbs each) are made of 100% expanded polystyrene foam (styrofoam). Now this may seem unconventional, but the company lists a number of advantages that styrofoam has over traditional materials.

Japanese Styrofoam Homes

Unlike traditional wood and metal structures, styrofoam dome homes won’t rust, rot or attract wood-gnawing termites. They’re also highly resistant to earthquakes and typhoons given the aerodynamic shape. And surprisngly, the walls, which are treated with a flame retardant, emit no toxic fumes in a fire.

Japan’s history would dictate a low occurrence of floods, but one can’t help but imagine the bubble bath of homes that a valley of water would create (see image above) should a massive flood rear its ugly head. And If the floor is hermetically sealed to the surrounding structure, would a Japanese styrofoam home float?

See the video on how they are put together:

Prices start at the 3 million yen ($30k) mark, and these styrofoam homes are being used for a variety ofSmurf purposes, such as: a bar, karaoke room, steam room, and more. The structures have been approved by Japan’s Land and Transport Ministry, and can be set up anywhere in Japan with the proper permit.

Personally, I wouldn’t be against living in one of these, or perhaps 2-3 units joined together, but I’d have to have some guarantee that a bottle of acetone thrown at my outer wall wouldn’t create an entrance for that would-be thief.

Gotta love it.

[Via Gizmodo, via PinkTentacle]

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