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Hugh Broughton unveils new Antarctic lab design

[FIRST LOOK] Hugh Broughton Architects has revealed this image of its latest Antarctic research centre project designed for the Korean Polar Research Institute (KOPRI)

Currently in competition against Hyundai Construction for the project, the Hammersmith-based practice could claim a hat-trick of south pole commissions if it wins.

The Jang Bogo station will house 16 people in the winter and 60 in the summer, withstanding winds in excess of 150 kph and temperature as low as -35° centigrade.

Working on the bid with Samsung Construction, Samoo Architects and Engineers and Galliford Try, the practice has proposed a modular design which draws upon ‘traditional Korean architectural forms’.

A social module spans between two glass reinforced plastic-clad (GRP) modules, one for sleeping and the other for science.

Hugh Broughton, said: ‘We are thrilled to be working with Samsung Construction, Samoo and Galliford Try International in this prestigious competition for the Korean Polar Research Institute.

‘Over the last few years our specialist team have developed an extraordinary expertise in the design of research buildings for this unique, challenging and beautiful environment, and we look forward to continuing our work to assist globally significant scientific research for many years to come.’

The proposed station at Terra Nova Bay would be Korea’s second Antarctic base. KOPRI already operates the King Sejong station on King George Island in the South Shetland Islands.

In 2005 Hugh Broughton Architects and AECOM won the RIBA’s international competition to design the ‘Halley VI’ centre for the British Antarctic Survey. The project is on site on the Brunt Ice Shelf and is due for completion in 2012.

Broughton also won the competition to design Juan Carlos 1, the Spanish Antarctic Station on Livingstone Island, which is currently under construction.

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