Ant­arc­tic Rese­arch Faci­li­ty

A pro­ject by Ser­giu-Radu Pop

Transformable Antarctic Research Facility

Transformable Antarctic Research Facility

Transformable Antarctic Research Facility

Transformable Antarctic Research Facility

Transformable Antarctic Research Facility

Transformable Antarctic Research Facility

Transformable Antarctic Research Facility

Transformable Antarctic Research Facility

Transformable Antarctic Research Facility

Transformable Antarctic Research Facility

Transformable Antarctic Research Facility

Transformable Antarctic Research Facility

Transformable Antarctic Research Facility

Transformable Antarctic Research Facility

Transformable Antarctic Research Facility

Transformable Antarctic Research Facility

Transformable Antarctic Research Facility

Descrip­ti­on

The goal of the Trans­form­a­ble Ant­arc­tic Rese­arch Faci­li­ty Pro­ject is to inves­ti­ga­te the ran­ge of archi­tec­tu­ral qua­li­ties wit­hin rese­arch faci­li­ties and its gene­ra­ti­ve poten­ti­al for new buil­ding typo­lo­gies in an extre­me envi­ron­ment. The spe­ci­fic rese­arch faci­li­ties in ques­ti­on are spe­cia­li­zed in various app­lied sci­en­ces such as advan­ced engi­nee­ring, bio-medi­ci­ne and bio­me­di­cal engi­nee­ring, bio­lo­gy, geo­lo­gy, ocea­no­gra­phy, astro­no­my, gla­cio­lo­gy and geo­phy­sics, cli­ma­to­lo­gy, meteo­ro­lo­gy and hydro­lo­gy, and the­re­fo­re are high­ly depen­dent on a spe­ci­fic loca­ti­on. Extre­me envi­ron­ments, that are very cold or hot, dry or humid are often key envi­ron­ments, whe­re sci­en­tists can rese­arch ques­ti­ons regar­ding life, the world sur­roun­ding us as well as outer space.

The loca­ti­on of this pro­ject is the Ant­arc­tic. The qua­li­ties to be found wit­hin this spe­ci­fic envi­ron­ment, such as extre­me winds, tem­pe­ra­tures and pre­ci­pi­ta­ti­on, the regu­lar trans­forming sta­te of the envi­ron­ment from solid to liquid sta­te and back, the uni­que play of light given by the local alter­na­ti­on of day and night or the con­stant need for adap­tati­on of living orga­nism with sea­so­nal cli­ma­te chan­ge con­sti­tu­te para­me­ters for the fur­ther explo­ra­ti­on and inte­gra­ti­on into the design pro­cess.

Rather than fol­lo­wing con­ven­tio­nal design stra­te­gies, the aim is to inves­ti­ga­te into new and alter­na­ti­ve pro­ces­ses like bio mimicry, bio­nics and bio­mor­phic design. By exami­ning nature’s models, sys­tems, algo­rithms and ele­ments, the goal is not to mimic but to rather learn from the intri­ca­te, all-encom­pas­sing inter­play of its ele­ments and mul­ti­ple lay­ers of com­ple­xi­ty.

The pro­ject attempts to mer­ge the aes­the­tic qua­li­ties and com­plex func­tio­n­a­li­ty of the exis­ting envi­ron­ment and its bio­di­ver­si­ty in order to design a sta­ti­on that con­si­der­a­b­ly dif­fers from exis­ting faci­li­ties all around the pole.

To fur­ther explo­re the process’s inno­va­ti­ve poten­ti­al the pro­ject pro­po­ses the com­bi­na­ti­on of two dis­tinc­tive pro­grams, the seclu­ded enc­lo­sed and intro­ver­ted spaces of a rese­arch sta­ti­on on the one hand and – refer­ring to the cur­rent trend towards extre­me envi­ron­men­tal tou­ris­tic explo­ra­ti­on – the open and com­mu­ni­ca­ti­ve spaces of a tou­ris­tic resort, thus crea­ting the oppor­tu­ni­ty to nego­tia­te and blend total­ly dif­fe­rent pro­gram­ma­tic requi­re­ments and their respec­tive rela­ti­on to the out­si­de con­di­ti­ons.

The aim the­re­fo­re is to crea­te a mixed pro­gram that inclu­des – along­si­de the rese­arch faci­li­ties – per­ma­nent and tem­pora­ry accom­mo­da­ti­on, public exhi­bi­ti­ons, leisu­re and trai­ning spaces, con­fe­rence halls and obser­va­ti­on decks, docking sta­ti­ons, heli­pads and run­ways.

Rese­arch sta­ti­ons are usual­ly engi­nee­red to ful­fill tech­ni­cal needs and pro­vi­de mini­mal life con­di­ti­ons. The absence of archi­tec­tu­ral con­si­de­ra­ti­on in the design pro­cess results in a lack of living qua­li­ty limi­t­ing the pro­gram to basic func­tions only.

Tou­ris­tic expe­ri­ence is also limi­ted, mis­sing the oppor­tu­ni­ty to diver­si­fy and explo­re the full spec­trum of activi­ty and the qua­li­ties of the fasci­na­ting extre­me land­s­cape.

The pro­ject rigo­rous­ly addres­ses the con­text of the site of Ant­arc­ti­ca by nes­ting the volu­me in a line­ar and ver­ti­cal sys­tem depen­ding on its loca­ti­on wit­hin the topo­gra­phy and its ori­en­ta­ti­on and at the same time by the para­me­ters of con­stant muta­bi­li­ty and trans­for­ma­ti­on in reac­tion to the every chan­ging site.

Credits:
Pro­ject Aut­hor: Ser­giu-Radu Pop
IoA Insti­tut of Archi­tec­tu­re at the Uni­ver­si­ty of App­lied Arts Vien­na
Tutor(s): Zaha Hadid, Patrik Schu­ma­cher, Mario Gas­ser, Chris­ti­an Kro­naus, Jens Mehlan, Robert Neu­mayr, Han­nes Traup­mann, Mascha Veech;
© Stu­dio Hadid Vien­na and Ser­giu-Radu Pop

Ser­giu-Radu Pop

Sergiu-Radu Pop
Gra­dua­ted Stu­dent in ZAHA HADID Mas­ter­class, Uni­ver­si­tät für ange­wand­te Kunst Wien / Uni­ver­si­ty of app­ly­ed arts Vien­na
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  1. Montresor
    November 14, 2017

    Hel­lo, I real­ly love your Ant­arc­tic base, is it pos­si­ble I could have the .stl model to stu­dy it? I’m just a curious kid lol. Good job!

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