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    maxharris

    Here's another puzzling question. If with the honey comb shape, we can have the most inner space with the least material, why do we continue to build retangular houses?

    Non-rectangular houses save neither labor nor material in today's market.

    Currently, the cost of labor accounts for roughly two-thirds of the total cost of building. Building corners of any kind is far more labor-intensive than building a straight wall.

    Also remember that common residential construction materials are universally made and sold in standardized rectangular shapes.

    Houses with non-rectangular shapes can cause problems with furniture placement. Often the proper solution is to provide built-in furniture, but some homeowners don't like that (I like built-ins, but we're talking about the whole market).

    Finally, wouldn't a spherical house provide the most cubic footage for the least amount of material? Again, this is useless as a housing concept (people try to build things like this today, but they don't work too well).

    This situation (for residential architecture) could change with new materials and construction methods.