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International Antarctic Center Design Winner Announced

16:00 - 19 August, 2017
International Antarctic Center Design Winner Announced, Cortesía de Equipo Primer Lugar
Cortesía de Equipo Primer Lugar

A team led by Alberto Moletto, Cristóbal Tirado, Sebastián Hernández and Danilo Lagos has been selected as the winners of the Punta Arenas International Antarctic Center (CAI) design competition.

The ambitious state-owned project sought to create a "distinctive and iconic infrastructure that is necessary to consolidate the position of Chile as an Antarctic country and Punta Arenas as the main gateway city to West Antarctica."

Take an in-depth look at the winning proposal, described by its authors as a hybrid building, organized "formally and programmatically from strata or superimposed layers, materially varied to host diverse program elements, each with its own character." Here, the architects tell their story.

Estação Antártica Comandante Ferraz International Competition 2nd Place / Triptyque

01:00 - 23 April, 2013
Estação Antártica Comandante Ferraz International Competition 2nd Place / Triptyque, Rendering by rsi-studio.com
Rendering by rsi-studio.com

Courtesy of Triptyque Arquitetura Courtesy of Triptyque Arquitetura Courtesy of Triptyque Arquitetura Courtesy of Triptyque Arquitetura + 5

Facing a scientific, technical, environmental, human, symbolic and geo-political challenge, a simple and efficient strategy that could respond to all needs and goals should be developed. It needed a principle that integrates security, flexibility and modularity and that could provide comfort, thermal or acoustic, but, above all, quality of life for users.

More information after the break.

The World’s First Relocatable Research Center Opens in Antarctica

00:00 - 8 February, 2013
The World’s First Relocatable Research Center Opens in Antarctica, © Anthony Dubber
© Anthony Dubber

This bizarre looking creature is the world's first relocatable research facility. Located on the Brunt Ice Shelf in Antarctica, the Halley VI Research Station was officially opened on Tuesday, more than one hundred years after Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s Antarctic expeditions.

More on the building and its uncommon features after the break...