Abandoned Spray Foam House
Link to the article–great photos! http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4241994/Inside-abandoned-Florida-home-future.html
The ‘home of the future’ with a dismal past: House made from FOAM is rotting away in the Florida woods after becoming abandoned years ago
- An urban explorer discovered an abandoned building which was touted as the ‘home of the future’
- The dome-shaped house in Kissimmee, Florida provided the inspiration behind the Xanadu homes
- Designers used polyurethane foam – normally used as insulation – to build the walls and ceilings
- Builders inflated a balloon which was sprayed with the foam to create the walls and ceilings of the building
This is one of the last remaining ‘homes of the future’ from a doomed experiment to convince people to live in a house made from polyurethane foam.
The unusual property near Kissimmee, Florida was an inspiration for the well-known Xanadu Homes for the Future experiment, which used three locations to showcase the new construction technique.
Bob Masters used the revolutionary construction method which used liquid foam instead of concrete, blocks or wood to build the house in the 1970s.
The Florida house is not one of the Xanadu locations, although it shared the construction technique.
These are the eerie remains of a home built in the 1970s from polyurethane foam – which is normally used to insulate
The house was built using liquid foam which was sprayed inside an inflatable balloon to build the walls and ceilings
The house, which is in Florida, was an inspiration for the Xanadu Homes experiment of the late 1970s and early 1980s
The first Xanadu home was opened in Wisconsin in 1979, and a second was opened in Kissimmee, Florida near Walt Disney’s Epcot Center in 1983. The final Xanadu home was in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. However, by 2005 all of the three projects had been demolished having fallen into disrepair.
Urban explorer Bullet said he discovered the Masters house while in Florida during a recent road trip.
The 28-year-old adventurer said: ‘This house was built with the future in mind. It’s ironic that its future entails rotting away in the woods.
‘I know this home was lived in at some point in the 80s but you would need a certain mindset to live in it.’
The house was made by inflating a balloon to the size of each room and then spraying it with polyurethane insulation foam to create a rigid wall.
When the foam set solid, the builder cut holes in the walls to fashion the windows and doors allowing access and light
The unusual construction technique saw several domes linked together by specially constructed passageways
The Xanadu homes were supposed to give Americans an insight into the future of ecologically-friendly construction
The results which you can see in these intriguing photos are cramped dome-shaped rooms with low ceilings.
The photographer continued: ‘The curved walls limit what you can have, making it near impossible to hang anything on as they’re made of foam which would crumble if you hit it with a nail.
‘Repairs such as wiring or piping are probably a nightmare to deal with.’
He added: ‘While all the Xanadu homes have been torn down, it was amazing to see and photograph the home that inspired the idea for them.
‘Many people are amazed that this stuff exists, especially here in Florida where buildings are torn down very quickly to make way for new developments.’
Because the houses are made out of polyurethane foam, they are incredibly well insulated and energy efficient
Despite the benefits of low energy costs, most people decided they could not live in the unusually-shaped building
All of the official Xanadu homes have been demolished so this house built using the same technique is incredibly rare
The technique allowed houses to be built in as little as three days once the foam was sprayed on using several layers
Urban explorer Bullet found the hidden location while stopped for food during a trip across Florida
Bullet explained it was ironic that a house which was tagged as the home of the future 40 years ago is now lying abandoned
Inside the kitchen, the fixtures and fittings look rickety while the building’s paintwork is looking incredibly dated
Bullet explained that hanging a picture on the wall could be problematic as the foam might crumble
During the 1970s oil crisis people were looking for methods to reduce the amount of fossil fuels they were using
As part of the process, the inflatable balloon used in the construction can be re-used to build additional rooms.
Once the special foam goes hard the builder cuts holes in the side of the building for doors and window. The rooms are linked up using passageways using molds which are sprayed with foam.
The houses – because they were made out of insulation foam – were incredibly energy efficient and due to the construction technique and were quick to build.
However, the construction technique and dome-shaped rooms made the living conditions rather cramped.