Gallery: Arctic Mobile Unit Keeps North Pole Visitors Warm


Living in a land filled with perpetual snow, we can only imagine that Santa Claus has some special magic to keep him and all his elves warm all year. For the rest of us, a stay in the North Pole requires proper equipment — like this arctic mobile unit designed by 2-B-2 Architecture‘s Andrey Bondarenko. The compact little unit operates off a solar battery and power generator and can keep its occupants safe and warm for 15 days, operating between -40 to +10C and withstanding winds up to 85 km/hour (about 50 mph).

The arctic mobile unit is designed for researchers working under frigid conditions at the ends of the earth. To keep its inhabitants warm, the unit collects energy with a solar-powered battery, and uses a 5-kilowatt generator to power a snow melter. The unit is made up of modular pieces and includes a washroom, work/rest area and kitchen. The structure is made up of a steel frame, and clad with carbon panels and polyethylene, thermo-insulating membranes.

The mobile unit can fold up into an extremely compact form that measures just 2000 x 1600 x 2300 mm (about 78 x 63 x 91 in) for transport. The unit has pieces that can be pulled out later to provide more space.

+ 2-B-2 Architecture

Via Designboom


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1 Comment

  1. Jaie December 21, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    I do wish the site was in English, these might do for Upstate NY winters.

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