The South Pole might be an awful place to live, but it is the perfect location for a giant igloo. In 1971, we announced plans for the upcoming Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, which would use a geodesic design as protection from the weight of snow. The structure would house a library, post office, science labs, and living quarters, and a communications center, among other facilities.
Construction took place during the Antarctic summers between 1971 and 1974, and as expected, it wasn't an easy process. Crewmen not only had to work in an extreme climate, but their tents weren't even heated enough to sustain room temperature. Still, the project surpassed our expectations. While we gave the doe a lifespan of just 10 to 15 years, it actually stayed open until 2003, when it was replaced by a two-story elevated station.
Read the full story in "Big Bubble Atop the South Pole"