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Arctic Mobile Unit Keeps North Pole Visitors Warm
Posted By Olivia Chen On December 18, 2009 @ 9:00 am In Architecture,Prefab Housing | 1 Comment
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.
Via Designboom 
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URLs in this post:
 Santa Claus: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/12/17/ge-gives-santa-a-high-tech-green-sleigh/
 arctic mobile unit: http://www.archi.com.ua/ru/desctop/module
 2-B-2 Architecture: http://www.coroflot.com/public/individual_details.asp?individual_id=179957
 solar battery and power generator: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/07/24/a-unique-solar-powered-community-in-canada/
 solar-powered: http://www.inhabitat.com/solar-power/
 pieces that can be pulled out later: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/06/26/froebe-gold-plated-shipping-container-bling-bar/
 Designboom: http://www.designboom.com/weblog/cat/9/view/8026/2-b-2-architecture-arctic-mobile-unit.html
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