These futuristic mobile pods were designed to provide optimal living and working conditions for researchers exploring the coldest, driest, and windiest continent on Earth: Antarctica. Henry Mckenzie teamed up with his colleague Artur Kupriichuk and came up with a design for his master thesis, which envisions a modular shelter for modern-day nomads who live and work in one of the most extreme climates on the planet.


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Despite its inhospitable environment, Antarctica is a temporary home to thousands of people conducting scientific research. The students decided to tackle the issue of mobility and energy-efficient living in order to provide optimal living and working conditions for those who have opted to study the landscape of this continent.

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The units can accommodate two researchers each, and are based on modularity, streamlining, and steadiness. Each of the pods operates in three phases: moving phase, working phase, and living phase. While moving, the units are closed, while the working phase allows the central area to be extended. When in living mode, the modules can be inflated.

+ Henry Mckenzie

+ Artur Kupriichuk

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