A new building in Antarctica breaks ground at the Rothera Research Station. Designed by Hugh Broughton Architects, the project commissioned by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), aims to facilitate the British Antarctic Survey’s (BAS) ongoing climate-related research. Commemorating the 200th anniversary of the discovery of Antarctica by the British, the new facility “will enable a world-leading capability to ensure that Britain remains at the forefront of climate, biodiversity and ocean research in the Polar Regions”. In fact, the operations building, named The Discovery Building, scheduled for completion in 2023, is a two-storey 4,500m2 structure that will accommodate preparation areas for field expeditions, a central store, medical facility, offices, recreational spaces, workshops and areas for plants. The interior space features open-plan workspaces, vibrant colours, natural light, and transparent glazed screens in order to create a practical place for researchers.
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