Working in the Arctic requires specialized equipment to deal with extremely cold temperatures. And because you can't check-in to a Hilton, researchers get by residing in tents or makeshift cabins.
But now a team of graduate students from London's Architectural Association School of Architecture are proposing a new type of Arctic residence, underground.
The team, known as the Polar Ants, wants to build an Arctic Research Facility that is essentially a network of dens similar to those of polar bears. To build such structures, they will use light-sensitive 'Antbots' to find and extract terrain that is suitable for underground dens.
Treehugger reports, "The project aims to create a 'self-regulating, self-contained and autonomous' polar architecture that also has a unique organizational aspect to it, say the designers."
Designing habitable structures in the polar regions is a matter of growing importance as researchers continue to explore these environments to study new organisms in the ice and the impacts of climate change.
Photo via Polar Ants