Cold Other World – Antarctic
The US base is the largest in the Antarctic interior. Home to 150 scientists and support staff, Amundsen-Scott was built to last. It took 12 Antarctic summers to complete the project. Sitting 10 feet off the ground on 36 stilts, the station is shaped like an airplane wing. Wind accelerates underneath and discourages snow from piling up. When drifts get too high, hydraulic lifts can raise the building another two stories in 10-inch increments.
More photos of other country bases at Wired.