Gallery: Prefabricated Igloo Satellite Cabin Withstands Extreme Weather


Wannabe Eskimos looking for an updated version of the familiar ice dome will feel at home in the Igloo Satellite Cabin, a pre-fabricated remote shelter designed to withstand sub-zero temperatures, high winds, ice and snow. Icewall One, the Australia-based manufacturer designed these shelters to offer transport-able accommodations for remote areas, from the poles to the tropics. Originally designed for exploration and research stations, the Igloo Satellite Cabin has also become an attractive alternative for eco-tourism.

Constructed of lightweight fiberglass, the pre-fabricated and insulated modular igloo structure is easily transported via boat, truck, helicopter and even snowmobile. The 3-meter diameter (2.1 m high) unit consists of 8 molded wall panels with 4 self-supporting floor panels. The walls, which are composed of fiberglass and polyurethane insulation have a R-value of a little over  R-5, which isn’t super impressive for a house, but considering it is a remote and lightweight structure, isn’t bad either. The windows are double-glazed polycarbonate panes and are shockproof.

The igloos can be easily tied down to stakes or bolted onto a foundation. To create an expanded dwelling, the igloos can also be modified with sets of extension panels or interlinked by tunnels.  Each unit has ventilation in the door and top and can be painted in a wide range of colors. The little units make for practical and sturdy shelters that withstand super harsh conditions and move easily.

+ Icewall One


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  1. jchung July 3, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    Pretty interesting! I wonder if there is a way to take this concept and implement it in a way that helps those in global poverty, especially those in high disaster-risk areas? Read a similar article that reminded me of emergency shelters, check it out here

  2. Jenny Wreford January 26, 2014 at 10:22 am

    Hi am looking for an igloo/ prefab container to start a small daycare in the rural areas. Just wondering on prices and ideas. we have a very limited budget! thanks. Jenny

  3. Leonard Paker September 29, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    These Igloos are neat. But what do I have to do to find out how much they cost. Do I have to go to Australia to et anymore info on them?

  4. verittus September 9, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    It should really include a stove or a helluva lot more insulation for arctic use.

  5. bee dee March 24, 2013 at 2:23 am

    How much?

  6. William Carney November 3, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    This is the ideal cabin of my dreams.I,d put a small solar/wind electrical generator.Satelite TV and phone.2 pistols,alot of canned food,mattress,lights,bookshelfes full of books. And it would be me and God till the end of my time. Sincerely William Carney

  7. windcatcher July 31, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    I really like the design it would be great inside the Artic Circle. The smallest of stoves would keep it warm.

  8. modular buildings July 31, 2009 at 9:10 am

    This would come in handy the next time i go camping!

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