All About PyraPOD8: with LIVE event held

Inventor Richard Nelson, Architect Yang Zhou and Host Aubrey Zhang
Inventor Richard Nelson, Architect Yang Zhou and Host Aubrey Zhang

Live event on October 25, 2020: One day PyraPOD8 design marathon with Sketch Up drawing started at 9:00am PST/12:00 noon EST and ended 6:30pm PST/9:30pm EST – see the following video that was made based on the Sketchup file we ended up with. More such events will be planned for future on this page if we see the need.

PyraPOD8 refers to the third category of our…


… POD structure series. The number 8 comes from the 8 corners and 8 sides of an octagon, which is the shared base within this group, no matter what edge length each has.

The 4 columns vertically erected with 8 beams attached to horizontally on 2 levels in the design represents 4 trees with their branches reaching and holding to one another, a design learned from nature, symbolizing the need for all human beings to hold hands to one another and build up the closeness of all humanity, in order to build our bright future, even more during the tragic and ongoing covid-19 pandemic.

Vizualisation of PyraPOD8 is below with side view and top view (tab for optimized view on mobile devices):

Vizualisation of PyraPOD8 with side view and top view

And also with this video visualization clip that the Norwegian team did in the past:


Technical measures are given in Table 1 below.

PyraPOD8 will consist of three phases of production, phase I – the frame, phase II – the cover system, phase III – bubble system. The specification for each phase is given below.


The frame is produced from galvanized steel or aluminum. The frame’s bolted joints are used to provide the flexibility or montage of the frame, as shown in example, figure 3.


The cover system consists of two layers of polyethylene fabric. Outside layer is produced as one piece and second layer is produced and connected separately, to create necessary sectors for the bubbles. Figure 4 is showing the sectors. This is just a visualization as the top layer is in one piece. Specifications for the materials can be found here. Sectors are connected with each other so the bubbles can flow from one sector to another. This flow is connected to the soap tanks.


The bubble system consists of bubble machines, tubing, and soap water tanks – check this video page for more info. We suggest that four bubble generators are used so that to ensure there is no dead corners or regions for bubble filling – see the following image. Note that the filling takes place inside a sealed cavity.

Four bubble generators are suggested to use

This system can be controlled manually or simply run with a timer. Deep level precise automation will be developed alongside the production of PyraPOD8.

The following two screen captures show the layout of ground floor for fish tanks, domestic water tank and soap tank, plus a side view of these tanks with the grow beds on two levels to facilitate 4 separate iAVS sandponics systems:

Primary schematic to show the locations of grow beds, water tank and soap tank

PyraPOD8 in Iceland

The following video shows how PyraPOD8 (labelled as OctaPOD) and PyraPODx (marked as CityPOD) are planned to be built on Smart Mobile Energy’s San Antanio site:

See how this design can be modified slightly with great result: lower level for living and top levels for growing food!