Walking houses real for Arctic

Walking houses real for Arctic

March 29, 2021

Russian scientist suggested designing walking houses in the Arctic. The buildings will move on overhead rails.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. Honorary architect of Russia Vitaly Troshin suggested creating mobile platforms in the Arctic that would serve as homes, schools and other infrastructure for local residents. The concept was called nomadic settlements, or walking houses.

As conceived by the project’s author, the houses will stand on special supports that can rise four meters high and move forward on suspended rails at a speed of four kilometers per hour. The architect explained: in order not to destroy the soil, structures should be built from wood, aluminum and other light metals.

“With a mass of 120 tons, the house produces a pressure of only 130 grams per square meter on the ground. This is comparable to the pressure exerted on the soil by a reindeer. This structure has no rotational movements, therefore it does not break the earth cover and does not expose the permafrost”, Troshin noted at the scientific and practical conference The Future of Arctic Architecture: Comfortable living of a person in the Arctic.

The director of the Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera), Andrey Golovnev, supported the idea of ​​walking houses: “Walking cities should be marching in the Arctic”, the TASS quotes the scientist.

Earlier, This Is Taimyr told that Rosatom wanted to create Smart Arctic – a single digital resource to support projects in the Arctic. We also talked about a new discovery by scientists – they found an alternative to antibiotics in the Russian Arctic.

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Text: Ekaterina Elkanova, Photo: Nikolay Shchipko

March 29, 2021

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