Design: The Halodome Has Landed


The Halodome is an impressive structure.

In recent years, the rise of ‘prefab’ house building has grown with such rapid succession that those in the luxury markets are joining forces with designers and architects around the world to produce bespoke, prefabricated buildings of utter beauty.

One such structure in the Halodome; the brainchild of interior mogul, Timothy Oulton, and architect, Simon Laws. “We wanted to create something beautiful, unusual, throughout – doing it in our own way,” said Oulton.

An advanced version of the prefab designed Halodome with deck.
An advanced version of the prefab designed Halodome with deck.

“Halodome is a pre-fabricated timber building designed to ship anywhere in the world for a multitude of uses – a house, a studio, a showroom, a workshop, whatever you want,” said Oulton.

On a recent trip to the Timothy Oulton showroom, in Gaoming, China, I dropped in on the first Halodome ever created, which is also the first passive house to be built in China, too.

Nestled in a rustic lychee garden, where Timothy himself lives in an equally impressive Round House in Guangdong Province, lies the Halodome. Rising out of the ground, the 160m² structure is beyond eye catching.

Halodome Born Out of a Creative Environment

Simon Laws explains that the initial idea was to create a communal space for the many international designers who work at the headquarters nearby.

According to Laws, “Often, the best ideas come during down times, when people – designers – congregate and just discuss things that are not related to design and that is what this company is trying to do.” said Laws.

From here, the ideas flourished into a business model, whereby the Halodome developed into a eco-friendly structure dipped in luxury.

An inside of view of the Halodome
An inside of view of the Halodome

Each dome is completely self-supporting, created from 70 PEFC certified timber panels, and built to the German Passive House Standards. Not only this, but they are ultra-low-energy, too; by virtue of being airtight and using triple glazed windows it means that all the lights can be powered by the same amount of energy it takes to boil a kettle.

So on paper, the Halodome is outrageously efficient, a structure so high-tech and simple that it leaves me a bit mind boggled, and I haven’t even entered it yet.

Immense Feeling of Open Space

The Canadian red-cedar shingles that cover the entire exterior blend in effortlessly with the surroundings, as if it was born from the ground, a natural protrusion from the soil beneath.

As we go inside, I’m immediately hit by the immensity of the space. For a relatively small structure, it is light and spacious, with the dome-peak sitting over 6 meters above my head.

The Halidome is an incredible prefab structure
A view of the Halodome’s kitchen area

The freestanding spiral staircase in the centre leads to a mezzanine. The ground level consists of extensive seating and dining spaces, with a kitchen fabricated to fit into the domed slope of the walls.

Of course, it wouldn’t be complete without Timothy Oulton’s own furniture. His furniture design completes this impressive structure with an air of unusual luxury, and the Halodome has already grown from strength to strength around the world. Along with a showroom in Denmark and a restaurant in Ireland, there are many more projects in the pipeline.

Then again, it’s not surprising that a company like Halo, with origins in numerous interior furnishing companies, would exist in the first place. Timothy Oulton, along with his friends, pursues whatever his heart desires, and there’s a magical charm to all he creates.

Halodome price on request