Antarctic Architecture

Buildings are buildings are buildings ... except when they're in Antarctica, where the extreme environment make them look like futuristic spaceships that land on a desolate, frozen landscape.

Oobject has a neat gallery of antarctic architecture:

Antarctic architecture provides imagery of the closest thing that people will be able see to a moon base, within their lifetimes. The extreme nature of the environment combined with its bizarre statelessness, provides the location for a freezing architectural expo, with each country having its own icy pavilion.

Since the early days of wooden huts, the architecture has converged on a style which consists of a pod on legs, somewhat reminiscent of Thunderbird II’s cargo bay or the Space 1999 freighter. In addition large scale experiments such as the south pole telescope or ice cube neutrino detector (which is technically a telescope at the north pole since it watch for particles which have traveled through the earth) provide equally interesting accidental architecture, in that their designs are purely functional.

This one above is the Halley VI Survey Station by Titan Hydraulics, who noted:

Work can only be carried out during this period when there is almost constant daylight and temperatures climb to -20° C and above. During the remaining months the environment is too inhospitable with little daylight and regular blizzards with temperatures dropping below -40°C.


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that would be an awesome house, even outside of antarctica. i would paint it to look like a bulldog. i find it ironic to see steven m johnson laughing at an actual functional invention that has an effective design, although blue would be much better suited for a tropic location. i would consider a green or even orange color, if i didn't paint it to look like a bulldog.
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