Triptyque Arquitetura

Estação Antártica Comandante Ferraz

Brazil’s Comandante Ferraz Antarctic Station, a permanent research base operated by the country’s Navy, was destroyed by a fire in February 2012. Architectural firm Triptyque Arquitetura entered this design as a potential replacement, and although it took second place, it still looks amazing.

Estação Antártica Comandante Ferraz

It’s a modular building, with with a core space branching out to different pods organized by their functions. It’s all supported on stilts, for minimal environmental impact. According to the firm:

At ground level, seeking minimal impact to let the water from defrost pass and let the wind flow to prevent the accumulation of snow, is proposed [sic] to support the station on stilts. Its elevation allows the use of a logistic system of lifting and displacement, simple and efficient, composed by a crane. The structure of the base, used in this way, free the land from any mechanical interference, and determines ways to protect pedestrians or machines.

Estação Antártica Comandante Ferraz

Great. But can it ski?

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