UC Davis built the Domes in 1972 as a low-cost, sustainable student living option, and while the hippie movement of the 70’s has since faded, the Domes still thrive.
Officially called Baggins End, the Davis Domes house 14 small structures and about 30 students. Although they are made of fiberglass and were placed on concrete slabs not typically reminiscent of green design, the Domes are a sustainable special living option with gardens, pot luck dinners, an outdoor laundry facility, and a "town square" that promotes a true sense of community. The residents, referred to by the Davis community as Domies, grow some of their own food and take a vote whenever any kind of decision impacting the community needs to be made.
The living option offers students a chance to connect with nature and each other in a way that is far more difficult in a traditional dorm. Students from many different backgrounds and majors live in this extraordinary student village. Even around Davis, however, Domies must often remind their fellow students that while the Domes promote a sustainable lifestyle, they are both entirely connected to plumbing and nearby town and campus amenities.
Each dome is shared by two students, like a traditional dorm, but as small rounded structures that lead directly outdoors, this student housing is certainly outside the box.
Read more about the history of Baggins End from The New York Times.