10 Extraordinary Structures Inspired by Extreme Conditions

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This is a guest post from Antonina of OpenBuildings – a community-driven and openly editable encyclopaedia of buildings from around the world. 

Designed to endure the extreme weather of polar ice caps, these structures – almost alien in appearance – are like nothing we have seen before. Their unique aesthetics however is nothing more, and nothing less, than an honest response to the specific location and climate; their design – completely stripped of the unnecessary, decorative or unfit for the harsh conditions. Recent climatic changes have presented extreme design with an even greater impetus to address adaptability and mobility and it is a fact worth noting these fascinating buildings have gradually grown more and more capable of providing their inhabitants with comfort, protection from the elements and therefore: further possibilities to study the polar regions.

South African Antarctic Research: SANAE IV

South African Antarctic Research: SANAE IVimage: Peter Stoppel

Hugh Broughton Architects with Faber Maunsell: Halley VI Research

Hugh Broughton Architects with Faber Maunsell: Halley VI Research Station  image: British Antarctic Survey

Hugh Broughton Architects with AECOM: Juan Carlos I Antarctic Station

Hugh Broughton Architects with AECOM: Juan Carlos I Antarctic Station  image: Hugh Broughton Architects

Studio Les Bêtes: Arctic Drifter

Studio Les Bêtes: Arctic Drifterimage: Studio Les Bêtes

Malcolm Wallhead & Icewall One: The Igloo Satellite Cabin

Malcolm Wallhead & Icewall One: The Igloo Satellite Cabinimage: Peter Wurmli for WAF

Richard Carbonnier: Inuksuk Residence

Richard Carbonnier: Inuksuk Residenceimage: Richard Carbonnier

2-B-2 Architecture with Andrey Bondarenko: Arctic Mobile Unit

2-B-2 Architecture with Andrey Bondarenko: Arctic Mobile Unitimage: 2-B-2 Architecture

European Project for Ice Coring in Antarctica: Concordia Station

European Project for Ice Coring in Antarctica: Concordia Stationimage: Guillaume Dargaud

International Polar Foundation: Princess Elisabeth Antarctica Station

International Polar Foundation: Princess Elisabeth Antarctica Stationimage: International Polar Foundation

U.S. National Science Foundation: Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station

U.S. National Science Foundation: Amundsen - Scott South Pole Stationimage: Panoramio user Stefan Anders

 

Antonina is an architect who has recently joined the OpenBuildings team to take over Community Outreach. Believes in interdisciplinary approach to architecture and everything else, fascinated by Japanese and Dutch design, typography and all things inspired.
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