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Published on September 19th, 2014 | by Vincent Jobse
One day left to vote for Detail
One day left to vote: who will be the winner of The DETAIL Preis 2014? 343 projects from 41 countries were submitted and now readers have the opportunity to choose their favourite. At the same time, an international jury will evaluate the nominated works.
This definitely is our winner: the Halley Research Station, located on the floating Brunt Ice Shelf in Antarctica. Pure science fiction. The ice moves 400 metres per annum towards the sea, and snow depths increase over the same period by 1 metre. In winter the sun does not rise for 105 days, temperatures drop to -56°C and winds blow in excess of 100 km/h. Only during three months each year the site can reached by boat or plane.
All these aspects had to be taken into account when constructing the research station. Hugh Broughton Architects opted for a modular approach with highly insulated units made of fibreglass reinforced plastic. These house laboratories, bedrooms and recreational areas as well as an energy centre. A light-filled, open and two-storey module forms the centre of the new station. The high-quality interiors of the modules helps the 16-member team survive the long, dark winters, while the energy concept aims to substantially reduce fuel consumption. Heat is provided by a combined heat and power plant, and water consumption is reduced to 20 litres per person. Wastewater is treated in a bioreactor, burned in the mud and clean residual water is transported back to the ice. Compared to its predecessor, Halley V, fuel demand has been reduced by another 10%. As the ice slowly moves towards the sea, the modules can be drawn inland on giant steel skis and hydraulically-driven legs. Halley VI was opened in 2013 and will be fully dismantled after its useful life.