The station is built against a ridge (The Utsteinen ridge) that is exposed to gales of up to 300 km/h. The station can withstand such strong winds through its aerodynamic shape and its foundation anchoring of several metres deep into the permafrost. Philippe Samyn, a Belgian architect, was involved in designing the shell and underlying structure. The upper deck of the building is the actual station and looks over the ridge edge. The lower deck contains a garage for snowcat vehicles and other utilities.
The Princess Elisabeth base is the only zero emission base on the Antarctic, and runs entirely on solar and wind energy through the use of a micro smartgrid grid. The station is connected to nine wind turbines that stretch out along the Utsteinen ridge. It will house up to 16 scientists at a time.