A couple of years ago I posted about the new Halley research station for the British Antarctic Survey. And during a brief visit to London recently, I noticed that Architects Journal had an update on the project. Here are a few of the pages from that issue (click through for larger versions).
As it nears the start of its life, I’m increasingly fascinated by this project. It could exemplify some aspects of The New Engineering, with a highly bespoke, site-specific, tightly integrated bit of design, assembled from pre-fabricated components and containing the instructions for its own demise – disassembly and recycling as a specified decommissioning point. (The station is designed to last a specific number of years and no more, which is something Cedric Price would’ve approved of, albeit longer than its predecessors due to its ability to move. I’m not sure about the recyclability aspects of the station.)
(Totally incidentally, I’m not convinced by the serif-led redesign of AJ. Was it also APFEL? I preferred their original.)
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