|Florida Mid-Century Modern: Domes (page 2)|
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Xanadu was built in 1983 by Roy Mason. The 15-room structure was a prototype for "Homes of the Future" - an idea that never took off. There were two others like this (both gone now) in Gatlinburg, TN and Wisconsin Dells, WI. The homes were built using polyurethane foam over balloon-like forms. Some of the modern features included: a kitchen with microcomputers to help plan meals, closets that cleaned clothes with ultrasound and ultraviolet light, a greenhouse with a computer-monitoring system, and a biofeedback system that regulated background music and projected patterns on the walls.
The homes were inexpensive and futuristic but the cave-like interiors were too impractical to attract buyers. In 1996, the building was put up for sale and it stood vacant for many years. In 2001, the asking price was nearly $2 million. In October 2005, the structures were all demolished. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. There is also a book about the place: "Xanadu: The Computerized Home of Tomorrow" by Roy Mason, Acropolis Books, 1983.