British Council Launches Open Call for First Ever Exhibition of Antarctica Architecture

Halley VI, Copyright A.Dubber, British Antarctic Survey
Halley VI, Copyright A.Dubber, British Antarctic Survey

In order to illustrate the ingeniuity and innovation of contemporaray architecture, the British Council and curated by the Arts Catalyst, Ice Lab: New Architecture and Science in Antarctica has declared an open call for an international touring exhibition that will feature architecture of Antarctica.  With one of the most extreme and desolate environments on the planet, the facilities must be laboratories and residences for scientists working in this distant terrain. The exhibition will feature five designs for Antarctica research stations: British Antarctic Survey's Halley VI by Hugh Broughton Architects; Princess Elisabeth Antarctic by International Polar Foundation; Bharati Research Station by bof Architekten / IMS; Jang Bogo Korea by Space Group; and the Iceberg Living Station by MAP Architects.

Ice Lab is the first exhibition of its kind and will include architectural drawings, models, photographs, and films allowing for visitors to not only examine the architecture, but the life of these scientists in these research facilities.  Sources of inspiration for the projects including original drawings from Archigram’s ‘Walking City’ will be on display as well as a new commissioned light and audio work by international visual artist Torsten Laushmann. The Glasgow-based artist will create this work in collaboration with ‘We Made That’, the exhibition’s designers. The exhibition will debut at Architecture and Design Scotland, The Lighthouse in Glasgow from 26 July to 2 October 2013 before touring to Manchester Museum of Science & Industry (21 October - 6 January) and then internationally.  

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Cite: Irina Vinnitskaya. "British Council Launches Open Call for First Ever Exhibition of Antarctica Architecture" 18 Jun 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <>