In 2048, a very important international event will occur: The Antarctic Treaty, which stops countries from mining the continent's abundant resources, will come up for review. China—along with the US, the UK, and other countries—intends to be ready.
This weekend, China unveiled its fourth polar research station: Taishan, a 3,000-square-foot lab that can house up to 20 people at peak times. The building's unique shape has been compared to a lantern—in fact, the idea is to keep snow from impacting the sides of the structure during gales.
There's also a runway for aircraft, because Taishan is fairly far inland. According to CCTV, the entire thing took just 53 days to build—and it's only expected to last for 15 years, tops. After all, the half life for architecture on this frozen continent is notoriously short.