Brief

Brazil’s original Antarctic research base, built in the 1980s, was destroyed in a blaze in 2012. Estúdio 41 has designed the Antarctic Station Comandante Ferraz to keep scientists safe in some of the most extreme conditions on the planet.

 

Insight 

Brazil’s original Antarctic research base, built in the 1980s, was destroyed in a blaze in 2012. Following an architecture competition to build its replacement, Estúdio 41 has created the Antarctic Station Comandante Ferraz, which is designed to withstand some of the most extreme conditions on the planet while enabling scientists go about their research in a warm and safe space.

The Antarctic Station Comandante Ferraz is located on Antarctica’s King George Island in the Keller Peninsula and measures a sprawling 4,916 sq m (roughly 53,000 sq ft), including several outbuildings.

Most of the base is centered around two large prefabricated buildings which are raised above the sloping ground on steel stilts, with one sitting higher than the other. The highest building contains residential cabins, service areas and a social and dining area.

The lower building features maintenance areas, garages, a storeroom, and a total of 17 laboratories. Elsewhere lies a library, living room, an auditorium and video/meeting rooms (unfortunately there are no photos of the interior available).

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