At an altitude of 3,800 meters, Ice-Age architects have designed and produced a compact and lightweight shelter as the last base before climbers venture up Mount Elbrus, the highest point in Europe. Inspired by Buckminster Fuller's 2V geodesic dome, it can sleep up to 16 people as they acclimatize to the altitude and wait for the appropriate weather for the climb. The geodesic dome, defined by the shortest paths between two points on a sphere, was originally popularised by the American architect, inventor, and engineer Buckminster Fuller. His revolutionary work in the 1940s for solving the housing problem led him to develop the infamous dome structure by replicating "nature's own coordinate system" found in spheres such as molecules and planets. By breaking the linearity of traditional housing, Fuller discovered the efficiency of the sphere from a minimum surface to volume ratio, that consequently minimized heat loss through the fabric of the building.
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