Have family or friends coming to visit Pittsburgh? Don’t have the space to put them up? Recommend a stay in Pittsburgh’s “Igloo,” available on airbnb.com
“Is it a spaceship? A yurt? A tent? No, it's a Yaca-Dome! And it's not just any old Yaca-Dome. It's the original Yaca-Dome! But we just call it ‘The Igloo,’” the airbnb profile
for the states.
But, what is a Yaca-Dome?
According to the lodging website, the home was built in 1969 by Pittsburgh native Joseph Yacoboni
, who received a US Patent in 1975 for the construction method. Yacoboni had a vision that the design would be the way of the future.
This original Olivant Place dome in the Lincoln–Lemington–Belmar neighborhood was Yacoboni’s private home, according to a 2010 article
in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The article also claims that a tree once grew in the center of the circular dome.
The airbnb page explains that the house was designed to withstand earthquakes and hurricanes. “Not something we here in the 'Burgh normally have to worry about,” the listing reassures. This innovative design was featured in the January 1975 issue of Popular Science.
Yacoboni and his wife Carmel moved to Florida and built more Yaca-Domes. His personal website
discusses his vision of utilizing the design for emergency buildings, panels on space stations, pop-up shelter for the homeless and a community of domes.
Yacoboni passed away in 2011 at the age of 89; and though his designs may not have made it to the moon, Pittsburgh still boasts first Yaca-Dome.
The igloo has had many visitors. The airbnb profile has more than a dozen positive reviews from those pleased with their stay in the three bedroom, 1,250 square foot home. One reviewer called it “a gem.”
Another review praised, “We love our dome away from home.”
, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, josephyacoboni.com