What If We Told You...You Could Have an Igloo in Your Backyard

And it would never melt.

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Designed to withstand all weather no matter the season, this geodesic dome might just be the ultimate outdoor shelter. Istanbul-based designer Cagla Isin Alemdar meticulously tested a range of materials and textile colors before landing on the three perfect covers: the winter cover in clear PVC for uniform temperature and airflow, the summer canopy cover in cream for optimum shade, and the ultra-fine polyester mosquito cover. And it's easy to build and 100-percent recyclable—could a backyard pavilion get any better than that?

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But what to do in it? Here are some ideas from the Sweet team. How would you use it? Snap us your answers @wearesweet!

At dusk, the igloo is primed for a night full of possibilities.
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1. I would host a slumber party and hire an expert astronomer to tell my friends and me about all the stars.—Molly Elizalde, associate editor, @mollyelizalde

2. I'd screen Bio-Dome for friends on the interior wall… and then we could prank call Pauly Shore because I know someone who has his number.—Mallory Rice, deputy editor, @mallory-rice

3. I would make it my very own pet sanctuary for abandoned puppies and cats around the world.—Helen Slavutsky, animator and designer, @hellbell123

4. I would host a space-themed picnic, only serving cheese balls modeled after the planets.—Martin Sanchez, writer, @thet_t

5. I would catch fireflies and store them in my see-through Garden Igloo for the ultimate nighttime light show. —Maia Schoenfelder, social media editor, @maiaschoenf

6. I would start a gourmet restaurant and charge exorbitant prices for my very exclusive three-course meal for two (since that's all that would fit!). —Chanel Parks, assistant editor, @chanelinezp

The igloo can be used as a conservatory, greenhouse, or gazebo.
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7. I would make it a cozy getaway filled with pillows and cashmere blankets. My friends and family could visit any time they needed a break from the rest of the world.—Haewon Park, animator and designer, @haewon41531

8. Build-a-spa! Fill it with candles, fresh jasmine, a massage bed, and a CD player. Spend the day in a softly-lit, delicious-smelling pod being pampered to the sounds of Enya for as long as I could afford the rent-a-masseuse. —Chantal Strasburger, assistant editor, @chantagold

The shelter can withstand almost 90 lbs of snow.

9. I'd pretend it's actually an igloo, put on all my winter clothes, and have an igloo party with frozen drinks. —Christian Storm, photo editor, @cstorm44

10. Rent a snow machine (or wait until January), grab a bluetooth speaker, and fire up the audio book of Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage while sipping on a hot toddy. –Stefan Marolachakis, senior editor, @stefanmymind

In warmer seasons, the canopy cover is the perfect shade solution.

11. Fill the dome with a cozy couch, some poetry books, and candles that smell like a fireplace, then patiently wait for a gray, rainy day to ask over an unsuspecting suitor. Greet them in an oversized knit sweater and two mugs of steaming tea and invite them to curl up with you as you look out at the rain, wistfully comment on the passing of time, and listen to the pitter-patter of raindrops on your warm, dry, seductive cave. —anonymous staffer

12. I would make nature sketches during the day and stargaze at night. -Stephanie Wieland, animator and illustrator @zerione

13. I'd close the door, turn it upside down, fill it with water and have the best backyard plunge pool on the block.—Luke Crisell, editor @lukecrisell

Garden Igloo, $1,028, gardenigloo.com.

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