I have just uploaded the first in a new series of design workshops that we are making available on Workshed. The Antarctic Research Station project is based on the real design competition held in 2004 to design a replacement for the British Antarctic Survey‘s Halley V research laboratory.
We are piloting the workshop this week in Cambridge over a series of sessions as part of a masters course at the Laing O’Rourke Centre for Construction Engineering and Technology. The students’ brief is to develop a concept for a laboratory that is able to withstand the extreme site conditions, and to develop a construction sequence for the remote site. To complicate things further, the ice shelf on which the research station is located is constantly slipping into the sea at a rate of 1/2km per year.
We look forward to reviewing the participants’ initial proposals on Thursday by Skype, and their final designs back up in Cambridge on Friday.