The Glass Igloos of Lapland

The igloo is the traditional home of choice for the Inuit people living in colder climates with little or no access to modern building materials. However, did you know that igloos can be made of glass, rather than snow and ice?

Christmas is synonymous with Lapland, the likely home of Father Christmas, who, according to European folklore resides in the mountainous Korvatunturi area of this most famous Finnish region. At this time of year, many tourists are drawn to the area as they look to experience some festive magic in a true winter wonderland setting.

In recent years, glass igloos have become a popular accommodation choice for those visiting this remote land as they provide a panoramic view of a land similar to one born in the imagination of C.S Lewis…

Based on a groundbreaking idea and years of research and development, these glass igloos are a marvel of modern glass technology. Built from a special insulating glass the temperature inside these igloos always stays at a moderate level, but it also prevents the glass from getting white frosted, so keeping the view clear even when the temperature outside falls below -30°C.

The clarity of vision through these wonderful little winter bolt holes also provides the perfect place from which to view the Northern Lights (Aurora borealis). Pilkington Activ™ also has the effect of reducing the appearance of external condensation that can spoil the outside view. While the glass used on the igloos and Pilkington Activ™ in a conservatory will reward owners with a clearer view we cannot guarantee the same scenary that you would get in Lapland.

View from the inside

The igloos prove that glass can be a strong building material when modern technology is deployed and can thrive in any environment. The great thing about using glass as a building material is that it can be manipulated to create a variety of sweeping shapes and curves, something that the more traditional materials of bricks and mortar or wood may struggle to achieve.

With the recent weather in the UK, we’re sure many have tried to build an igloo in their own back yard, and if our winters continue like they have been recently, maybe glass igloos will start appearing in more people’s gardens.

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