Antarctopia A Potential Polar Architecture

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The most remote and climactically unforgiving location in the world, Antarctica has served as a setting for only the hardiest and most sensible of architecture considering that its first exploration in the 19th century.

An exhibition at this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale examines how the guy-produced structures of the continent have evolved over the decades since, and how aesthetics could come into perform in the potential, including some type to all that function.

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‘Anarctopia’ is a pavilion featuring a model of the British Antarctic Survey’s Halley VI Analysis Station by Hugh Broughton Architects as well as work by 15 international architects and artists examining the provisional nature of architecture in Antarctica and new design proposals that go beyond the scientific, industrial and military missions that have directed the continent’s utilitarian architecture in the previous.

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Directed by artist Alexander Ponomarev and architect Alexey Kozyr, the pavilion provides visions of snowflake-shaped structures covered in solar panels nestled into a snowy landscape dotted with wind turbines and penguins. The organizers hope that the task will have an influence on the design of real stations in the future. “Among fanatics and unbolt schemes dwells the guarantee of a new Antarctic guy.”

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And although most of us will never get to investigate the actual Halley VI Investigation Station in Antarctica, guests to the Biennale can get up-shut and personal views of versions of the world’s fist mobile study center, which opened in 2013. The pods that make up the station are set on adjustable ski-like feet so they can be relocated inland to steer clear of becoming stranded on an iceberg, and raised over high snowfall accumulations.

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