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New Record Set

Published: June 30, 2015

Two Igloos recently manufactured by Penguin Composites, under licence from Icewall One, will be Nos. 200 and 201.These units will be used on Macquarie Island to support field programs by Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife, which has previously purchased Igloos for the island.

General Manager for Icewall One, Anthea Wallhead is very pleased with this total, despite the time it took. "The first 100 Igloos were achieved in 12 years, but it has been a further 20 years to reach 200."

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Small Igloo makes big impression

Published: October 8, 2014

A model Igloo Satellite Cabin is on its way to a museum in Genoa, Italy. The Museo Nazionale dell'Antartide ordered the model after a representative of the museum saw one used as part of the Tasmanian Polar Network display at international Antarctic meetings in Auckland, NZ, in August this year.

Measuring only 160mm high x 220mm wide, the model is a simplified version without windows or opening door, but it is made of fibreglass, with a red exterior and white interior. The model will be part of a display showing examples of remote accommodation.

New window shades for the Igloo

Published: July 15, 2013

Now available are black vinyl window shades which can be press- studded on to the interior wall around each window. Designed to block out light at night or during 24-hour summer light in polar areas, these can be ordered with any new Igloos made after July 2012. Cost is $68 each or $272 for four, plus freight and insurance.

For retro-fitting to existing Igloos, kits including shades, studs and tools to fix studs on to the wall panel around each window are also available for $500 plus freight and insurance.

These window shades are not suitable for older Igloos with interior sprayfoamed insulation and no inner fibreglass lining.

Colour changes

Published: February 15, 2013

The new order for 14 extended Igloos, currently being made for AAD, will be distinct from their earlier igloos. Instead of Mail Red, with White inside, the new Igloos are International Orange, with Whisper Rose interiors.

A range of colours have been requested by purchasers over the years, from black, white, beige, yellow, orange, red, as well as various blues and greens. No purples yet!

A safer alternative

Published: January 15, 2013

The new Igloo purchased by France last year was chosen because its fibreglass panels can be cleaned inside and out, before and after being in Sub-Antarctic conditions. Cleaning reduces the introduction of potentially damaging 'pests' into protected environments. Other temporary accommodation, such as wooden cabins, is more difficult to clean.

30 years of Igloos

Published: December 7, 2012

December 2012 marks the 30th anniversary of Igloo Satellite Cabins being assembled on Australian Antarctic Territory. On December 7, 1982, the station leaders log at Davis Station records: "went to Magnetic Island and erected a new spherical hut on the previously set up platform. They christened it 'apple hut'". On December 8, there is a further entry saying: "...all went to Magnetic Island by skidoos. The hut was finished..."

This first Igloo was the prototype for all Igloos manufactured for the AAD, and is still in use as a storage unit today.

[Thanks to Jan Adolph, AAD, for copies of the log entries and photo.]

An Apple by any other name...

Published: November 18, 2012

Greenpeace's Igloo was painted white for a protest at Apple Inc's headquarters in Cupertino, California. Source

Round, red & made in Tasmania

Published: November 17, 2012

Igloo Satellite Cabins have been given several nicknames by expeditioners over the years. The basic, round Igloo is often called an Apple or Apple hut. This is because Igloos are exported from Tasmania, which was known as the Apple Isle for its exports of real apples.

German expeditioners call the round Igloos ‘Tomatoes’.

Igloos, with 2 or 3 sets of extension panels, are called ‘Melons’. Units with 4 sets of extensions are called ‘Zucchinis’, even if they are more often red than green.