Structure Type: built works - dwellings - houses

Designers: Neff, Wallace, Architect (firm); Noyes, Eliot, Architect (firm); Edwin Wallace Neff Sr. (architect); Eliot Noyes (architect)

Dates: constructed 1954

Hobe Sound, FL

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Eliot Noyes designed this small bubble house in Florida employing construction techniques invented by Wallace Neff in California c. 1940. Neff would inflate a balloon fastened to the ground by a round concrete foundation. Once inflated, Gunite, sprayed-on concrete, was applied to the surface to form a thin shell; when this cured, another weather-proof layer of fiberglass was added to the exterior. The method was fast and relatively inexpensive.

PCAD id: 11940