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One of the most unusual architecture competitions has now been decided in Great Britain. There was a demand for designs for real estate to be built in the Antarctic. The background of the event was by no means whimsical: The traditional British Chamber of Architects, The Royal Institute of British Architects, gave their blessing, and the competition was organized by the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), the association of British Antarctic researchers.
As reported by the internet service "Baunetz", the contractor opted for the designs by British architects Faber Maunsell and Hugh Broughton (London), who were also commissioned to build the station. The research station called "Halley VI" is to be built on the Brunt Ice Shelf, which does not belong to the mainland, in Antarctica. The base should be able to accommodate scientists all year round: with outside temperatures between minus 5 and minus 40 degrees, wind speeds of 130 km / h and around 50 days of darkness per year.
A normal house will not fit in such extreme conditions. Faber Maunsell have designed properties that resemble gigantic insects and can be linked to one another as modules. Since the shelf is floating on the water, it could float along with the station - for example on an underwater iceberg. In order to anticipate this, mobility of the Antarctic real estate became one of the design criteria for the architects. The station's legs rest on skis so that bulldozers can pull them to another location if necessary. The stilts also prevent the station from snowing in - with an average snowfall of 1.50 meters per year, this was always the case at the current station.
The interior of the research base is also flexible: Laboratories can be converted into bedrooms - or vice versa - in just a few simple steps. Construction work on Halley VI is scheduled to begin in January 2007, with delivery scheduled for December 2008.
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