Igloos without the ice
I love igloos, but let’s face it… ice is cold, and it melts. While I’d be curious to try an igloo sometime, I’d much rather rest my weary head in a space that won’t freeze my toes or trickle away while I’m sleeping. You’d imagine igloos would be popular in Antarctica, but it’s reassuring to hear that for 25 years now, workers there have been living in these: Igloo Satellite Cabins, small, insulated, pre-fabricated pods that can stand up to extreme weather conditions and be carried from place to place by helicopter.
First created for the Australian Antarctic Division in 1982 by fibreglasser Malcolm Wallhead, Igloo Satellite Cabins have been used as bedrooms, mess huts and labs ever since.
Pods can be flown by helicopter, fully assembled and equipped, to all kinds of otherwise inaccessible places. When in place, they’re secured to the ground with wire lines attached to tent pegs.
Further afield igloos have been taken to the Papua New Guinea highlands to be used by the Electricity Commission, the Falkland Islands for bird watching, and even Zurich to be used as meeting rooms at Google’s offices (above and below).
Igloos can be extended with panels or interlinked by tunnels to create complete weatherproof bases.
Or resorts. It’s been suggested they’d be great for eco-tourism.
Personally, I’d like one for my office. And at approximately $8,500 USD (plus shipping), that’s almost possible. RM