hugh broughton architects: halley VI mobile antarctic research station
 
hugh broughton architects: halley VI mobile antarctic research station
feb 07, 2013

hugh broughton architects: halley VI mobile antarctic research station

‘halley VI antarctic research station’ by hugh broughton architects, antarcticaimage © anthony dubberall images courtesy of the british antarctic survey (BAS)

 

 

 

marking exactly 100 years after captain robert falcon scott’s first antarctic expeditions, the british prove their dedication to research and science by completing the ‘halley VI research station’ to replace the 20 year-old halley V.  british practice hugh broughton architects sent us images of the mobile polar hub which was built under extreme conditions in only 36 weeks spread out over four years during the antarctic summers.

hugh broughton architects: halley VI mobile antarctic research stationimage © sam burell

 

 

 

the site made it a particularly challenging project; not only does the structure need to withstand drastic temperatures and accommodate scientific laboratories as well as living quarters, it has the ability to be lifted off the ground by hydraulic rams to stay above several meters of new snow. the faceted aerodynamic design prevents the accumulation of snow on the exterior shell. most remarkable is that the site itself is not stationary, located on the floating brunt ice shelf one of the primary features of the center is that it is completely mobile to avoid getting stranded on a frozen island. mounted on large skis, the modules can be be towed by bulldozers for kilometers, with pivoting connections allowing the train of units to be pulled together.

hugh broughton architects: halley VI mobile antarctic research stationindividual modules in front of aurora winter skies, 2010image © craig brown

 

 

 

the construct is composed of blue units that contain the bedrooms, labs, offices and energy plants, all linked to the red heart, ‘module A,’ which provides the social program in a double height space. the station is capable of hosting up to 52 crew members in the summer down to 16 during the dark winter months when temperatures can reach -56 degrees below zero. the project is funded by the natural environment research council and the department of business innovation and skills including the british antarctic survey (BAS) branch.

hugh broughton architects: halley VI mobile antarctic research stationwest facade looking north, covered in winter frostimage © james goby/BAS

hugh broughton architects: halley VI mobile antarctic research stationwest facade looking north, covered in winter frostimage © james goby/BAS

hugh broughton architects: halley VI mobile antarctic research stationladder entryimage © hugh broughton architects 

hugh broughton architects: halley VI mobile antarctic research stationmodule A after the winter

hugh broughton architects: halley VI mobile antarctic research stationsitting on hydraulic stiltsimage © antony dubber

hugh broughton architects: halley VI mobile antarctic research station

hugh broughton architects: halley VI mobile antarctic research stationbird’s eye viewimage © karl tuplin

hugh broughton architects: halley VI mobile antarctic research stationupper observation deckimage © mike rose

hugh broughton architects: halley VI mobile antarctic research stationlounge/bar in the red moduleimage © sam burell

hugh broughton architects: halley VI mobile antarctic research stationspiral stair case in the red moduleimage © hugh broughton

hugh broughton architects: halley VI mobile antarctic research stationtypical bedroom

 

 

hugh broughton architects: halley VI mobile antarctic research stationaxonometric

 

 

hugh broughton architects: halley VI mobile antarctic research stationrelocation scheme

 

 

hugh broughton architects: halley VI mobile antarctic research stationsection

 

 

project info:

 

architecture: hugh broughton architectsconstruction: galliford tryengineering: AECOM competition: 2005completion: 2013

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