Six concept designs for the British Antarctic Survey’s new Halley VI research station are exhibited at the Royal Institute of British Architects in London till January 8, 2005.
The six proposals display ingenious ways of building a station on a floating ice-shelf that must withstand winds of up to 80 knots and temperatures as low as -40°C. Concepts include space-station-like modular capsules, transportable pods on skis and a building that can “walk” giving the exhibition a futuristic feel. The new station must cause minimal environmental impact to Antarctica so teams have developed strategies for solar and wind power, water recycling and zero carbon-dioxide emissions.
The winning design will be announced in September 2005.