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Article posted: 4/20/2013 1:00 AM

Feelin' groovy in a home made of foam

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The multilevel interior is composed of dips and swirls with different ceiling heights.

SHNS photo by Joel Koyama / Minneapolis Star Tribu

The dome in the center and skylights let in lots of natural light.

SHNS photo by Joel Koyama / Minneapolis Star Tribu

Ronald Hietala's 1969 "Ensculptic House" is constructed of polyurethane foam and burlap.

SHNS photo by Joel Koyama / Minneapolis Star Tribu

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In Minnetrista, Minn., there's a funny-looking house that could have dropped straight out of a Dr. Seuss book. The dwelling is made almost entirely of polyurethane foam. Its quirky appearance -- drooping rooflines, domed top and organic shape rising from the earth -- has inspired many nicknames, including "the Mushroom House," "the Foam House" and "Hobbit House."
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    • The multilevel interior is composed of dips and swirls with different ceiling heights.
    • The dome in the center and skylights let in lots of natural light.
    • Ronald Hietala’s 1969 “Ensculptic House” is constructed of polyurethane foam and burlap.
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