Base on skis wins polar contract

The Faber Maunsell and Hugh Broughton concept beat off stiff competition in the contest, run by the British Antarctic Survey (Bas) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

The consortium’s design will be based on two platforms, each with six interconnected modules.

“All the buildings are on legs, and each leg has a ski at the bottom,” explained Hugh Broughton of Hugh Broughton Architects. “So, when you want to move the buildings, you lower them down on their legs and they can then be moved around by a bulldozer.”

This will prevent the possibility of the base drifting out into the ocean on the back of an iceberg that has “calved” off the shelf – a fate that is expected to befall the current station unless it is soon dismantled and replaced.