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Guess the Architecture for 8/8/2017

Posted August 08, 2017 2:00 PM

Do you recognize this week’s building?

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08/08/2017 7:38 PM

South Pole torture Chambers.

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08/08/2017 10:48 PM

The group is on the way to Walrus-Mart..

hope they don't get a flat on the way.

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08/08/2017 10:45 PM

Why the stilts?

I would have thought the ice would have provided some insulation if it was "on the ground".

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08/08/2017 11:12 PM

Keep them from freezing to the ground and getting buried I think...

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08/09/2017 5:05 AM

It's actually on Skis because they need to be able to move it.

"Halley VI is made up of a series of eight pods (like the carriages of a train) that can be disconnected. The individual pods – which sit on skis – can be uncoupled and towed across the ice using specialist heavy vehicles."

From https://www.bas.ac.uk/project/moving-halley/

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08/24/2017 8:28 AM

The "stilts" isolate the module from the ice thermally--thus preventing the module from melting the ice and burying itself

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08/09/2017 3:02 AM

No.

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08/10/2017 2:10 AM

it is the antartica polar research station mostly of UK if not of US

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08/10/2017 4:36 AM

Yes, Halley VI Research Center at the South Pole; the company I work designed it.

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08/11/2017 1:59 PM

Since our resident expert, d_m_rosenberg, has already confirmed that Solar Eagle and Randall were right this week, here’s your background a few days early…

Designed by Hugh Broughton Architects and AECOM and constructed by Galliford Try International, this week’s structure is the Halley VI Research Station. Built for the British Antarctic Survey, Halley VI is “an internationally important platform for global earth, atmospheric and space weather observation in a climate sensitive zone.” That “climate sensitive zone” is also known as a floating ice shelf in the Weddell Sea.

The area has been home to a research station since 1957. Halley V, the station that preceded Halley VI, had been become too “precarious” to occupy as it had flowed too far from the mainland. Since the Halley V had legs fixed to the ice, the station needed to be replaced. In an attempt to avoid repeating past mistakes, the Halley VI is the first re-locatable research station. Randall already explained a bit more about that.

After being awarded the contract for the Halley VI in 2005, Hugh Broughton Architects went on to design other Arctic stations—Juan Carlos 1 (2007-2016), Living Steel (2008), Jang Bogo (2010), and Comandante Ferraz (2013)—proving that there may be a future in Antarctic construction.

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