Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Faber Maunsell and Hugh Broughton win Halley VI Design Competition

"Faber Maunsell and Hugh Broughton Architects have been named winners of the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) competition to design the Halley VI Research Station in Antarctica.
: The Halley VI competition, which attracted 86 entries worldwide, was launched in June 2004 by BAS and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).
A major calving event is predicted in the next decade and there is a risk that the present station, Halley V, could be lost.
The new, replacement station will provide a home and work place for 16 people during the winter and 52 in the summer, and will need to respond to the most extreme environment on the planet. Located 10,000 miles from the UK, the station will be situated on the 150m thick floating Brunt Ice Shelf, which moves 400m per annum towards the sea. Snow accumulation means that snow levels rise by over a metre every year, and the sun does not rise above the horizon for three months during the Austral winter.
Halley VI will have a series of mechanical legs on skis that enable it to stay above the surface of the ice and be relocated inland to minimize the risk of loss due to future calving events. Designed to withstand extreme winds and freezing winter temperatures down to minus 56 degrees Celsius, Faber Maunsell and Hugh Broughton Architects´┐Ż design will provide a safe, stimulating place for scientists to live and work, in a building designed to minimize its impact on Antarctica's pristine environment. "

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