Unsupported browser

For a better experience please update your browser to its latest version.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Hugh Broughton unveils new Antarctic lab design

  • 1 Comment

[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.

  • 1 Comment

Readers' comments (1)

  • It looks terrific - Thunderbirds are GO!

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions.

Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.