cozy igloo

an icy yet warm view of the places we dwell in, stuff that fills the space, and random bits that catch my eye...

11.17.2007

why igloo? it is a fun, yet under used word!



Architecturally, the igloo is unique in that it is a dome that can be raised out of independent blocks leaning on each other and polished to fit without an additional supporting structure during construction. The igloo, if correctly built, will support the weight of a person standing on the roof. Also, in the traditional Inuit igloo the heat from the kulliq (stone lamp) caused the interior to melt slightly. This melting and refreezing built up an ice sheet and contributed to the strength of the igloo.

The sleeping platform is a raised area compared to where one enters the igloo. Because warmer air rises and cooler air settles, the entrance area will act as a cold trap whereas the sleeping area will hold whatever heat is generated by a stove, lamp or body heat.

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2 Comments:

At November 21, 2007 at 1:58 PM , Blogger kQ said...

who doesn't love an igloo??!!!

 
At November 21, 2007 at 1:59 PM , Blogger kQ said...

ok, this is really John, and I really do love igloos!

 

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