Images © Hugh Broughton Architects
The ice at this area moves toward the ocean at a rate of a quarter mile each year.
The Halley VI research station consists of eight stations that are connected together, based on hydraulic legs fitted with big skis. Can be self transported to another location.
The research station will officially open today.
Linked by short, flexible corridors, the modules stand in line like a desert caravan, perpendicular to the direction of the prevailing wind, which drives snow from underneath. Living accommodations and laboratories, clad in blue glass-reinforced plastic, are positioned on either side of a larger unit clad in red.
This red module contains a social space that is crucial to the wellbeing of the small crew who live at Halley year-round. Brutal winter conditions of permanent darkness, -60-degree temperatures, and 100-miles-per-hour wind leave them vulnerable to depression and stress – “winter-over syndrome.” Home comforts include a hydroponic salad garden and a climbing wall within a double-height central space lined with Lebanese cedar, selected for its scent. The architect also worked with a color psychologist to identify “refreshing and stimulating” shades, and developed a bedside lamp with a daylight bulb to simulate sunrise.