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  • A Question for the Iglu Builders.

    I'm looking at the method used to build the entrance tunnel of an Iglu and the question springs to my mind of whether this method could be adapted to make a snow shelter with a rectangular floor plan?

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    Forgive the scrappy sketch here but my thinking is that by building onto a vertical wall at each end and working in a construction order as suggested by the numbering, you could maintain the principle of two sides of each block cementing to another that is the key to the traditional round Iglu. If the two walls were brought together into an arch then structurally it might benefit from similar physics to the dome of the Iglu.

    I'm sitting in the soggy wet climate of England here, so cannot just go out and try it, but I am thinking of giving it a try in Finland on my next trip.

    So, my question is, has anyone had a go at anything like this?

    If so, how did it work out? Anything you might do differently?

  • #2
    I don't see why it wouldn't work. The gothic arch shape is inherently stable. Quonset Huts are essentially what you are going to build out of snow.


    Last edited by brianw; 12-29-2022, 07:00 AM.


    • #3
      That’s what I thought too Brian.

      Could be an interesting experiment.