New Antarctic Station Design Unveiled

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The new Comandante Ferraz Antarctic Station features adjustable, separate blocks.

Antarctica provides a wealth of research opportunities.

Architectural company, Estudio 41 is working to create the new Comandante Ferraz Antarctic Station. Symbolizing a Brazilian presence in Antarctica, the structures will promote scientific knowledge in the harsh climate, offering a comfortable and functional work area.

In February of 2012, a fire destroyed the previous building, stemming from an explosion in the machine room. Not only will the new station be will visually appealing, the designers initiated a section which aims to conserve nearby wildlife, protecting animals and plants.

The facility is comprised of what appears to be three long rectangular, steel blocks. Described as sectors, the separate rectangles represent differing distributing uses.

One houses cabins and the dining area. An additional block, located at a lower level is home to the operation areas and the laboratory along with garages and a central barn.

The blocks are suspended on stilts and are adjustable, allowing the structures to adapt to changes caused by the varying temperatures outdoors.