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Project Details:

Site Introduction:the glamping collective
Site Name:the glamping collective
Construction Duration:Approximately 2-3 months
Dome Specifications:3 sets of D7H3.5
Key Features:Insulation, curtain, solar extractor fan, round glass window, triangular roll-up window
Location:2504 Crabtree Mountain Rd, Clyde, NC 28721

Project Background

Set atop a mountain over 2000 meters above sea level, The Glamping Collective that opened its doors in August 2022 offers more than just a camping experience. It is a canvas for nature enthusiasts, adventurers, and luxury seekers alike. This comprehensive review delves deep into what makes this site a must-visit.

  • A Unique Setting:
    Nestled in the lap of mountains, this resort boasts glass-housed cabins and spherical tents. Surrounded by pristine forest terrains, visitors can lose themselves amidst cloud-kissed views, spectacular sunrises and sunsets, and a wealth of outdoor activities. The manicured trails, interspersed with magnificent views, ancient trees, and stunning rock formations, narrate tales of nature's artistry. And for wildlife lovers, the regular sight of deer and wild turkeys is a treat.
  • Two primary hiking trails are offered:
    Creek-side Trail: This unique trail, built atop XL Domes, leads you through the merging of four streams, culminating in a 70-foot waterfall. Particularly beautiful after the rain, the water from these mountains feeds into a scenic trout stream.
    Ridgeline Trail: Starting from the glass cabin facilities, this trail guides you up a gravel road, marked by a Ridgeline Trail sign, and continues for 0.5 miles alongside a mountain ridge before winding down to your starting point. From here, options to return to the glass cabin or move down to the creek-side trail abound.
  • Starry Nights and Yoga Mornings:
    Away from the city's bright lights, most months let you lay under a clear, twinkling expanse of the Milky Way. And what better way to start your mornings than with yoga, breathing in the pure mountain air on a spherical private platform?

Objectives: Integrating Stay Experience with Nature


At the core of The Glamping Collective's vision lies a deep-rooted desire: to harmoniously fuse the comfort of accommodation with the raw beauty of nature. The design inside the spherical tents reflects this objective. Their cozy interior, coupled with the exterior's natural vistas, crafts an eco-friendly living environment that feels green and invigorating. 

Implementation: Crafting the Vision into Reality

  • Site Selection and Design: With great care, a location was chosen high in the untouched mountains. The design harnessed the mountain's unique topography and panoramic views. This design, combined with the spherical tents' expansive transparent windows, guarantees guests an unobstructed view of the mesmerizing outdoor scenery.
  • Collaboration with Expert Designers: In the preparatory phase, a partnership was formed with a professional design firm to functionally zone the entire site. This included areas for the accommodation spheres, outdoor furnaces, and delineation for nearby hiking trails and creek-side pathways.
  • On-site Resource Utilization: Taking advantage of the mountain's slope and using local raw materials, platforms of varied heights were constructed based on sightlines, ensuring the area's optimal utilization. The native wood was prominently used, reflecting the project's commitment to environmental sustainability.
  • Expertise in Construction: The construction phase saw dedicated guidance from the Shelter Dome's American team. A professional engineering contractor was tasked with the actual build, following strict construction standards. This meticulous process included precise framework positioning and tightening the tent fabric as per standardized procedures. The outcome was visually stunning: the specially chosen olive-green tent fabric melded seamlessly with the green forest surroundings, reminiscent of a fruit nestled among trees.
dome & night
fan & insterior
dome & sky

Overcoming Challenges of the building domes in The Glamping Collective

The steep gradient of the mountain posed logistical challenges, especially in transporting materials and equipment. However, the Celts technical team's meticulous planning ensured smooth construction, even for platforms built on slopes as high as five to six meters.

Each lodging sphere was intricately designed. Beyond the primary living area, ingenious partition walls seamlessly integrated bathroom and kitchen spaces, offering all amenities you'd expect in a luxury hotel. 

Features & Outcome

The unique olive-green tent fabric integrates harmoniously with nature. The innovative double-layer curtain rail design ensures maximum interior space utilization and provides an expansive view of the exterior. These celestial domed accommodations, nestled amid the clouds, have attracted numerous young visitors. Since its launch, The Glamping Collective has been fully booked and was honored to be featured in Travel + Leisure's "The 50 Best Places to Go in 2023".


In conclusion, The Glamping Collective is more than just a camping site; it's a luxury retreat that offers a blend of nature, adventure, and five-star amenities. Whether you are an adventurer, a nature enthusiast, or someone seeking a luxurious escape, this glamping haven promises an experience like no other.

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