Mobile Cottages for Arctic Tourism
While most Dwell readers know Artek as the Finnish design company founded by Alvar and Aino Aalto, there's another Artek not too far away with a very different profile: a research and training branch of the Danish Technical University called the Arctic Technology Centre (Artek for short). This past summer, students from the university worked with Artek to design a mobile cottage for Arctic tourists that would have a light footprint but still be heavy duty enough for the extreme conditions.
The concept, known as IlluHOME, is a three-sided fold-up cottage made from fiberglass and aluminum. It is light enough to be transported by dogsled over the ice and snow of greenland, and equipped to support renewable energy technology and wastewater treatment features. In the exposed terrain of greenland, warm temperature inside the cottages also depend simply upon the absorption of solar heat throughout the day.