Amazing New Architecture in Surprising Locations
For every brand-name skyscraper, there's an equally interesting building off the beaten path. In fact, some of last year's most highly praised openings require a pilgrimage to a far-flung location—proof that, for these seven projects, the trip is part of the design.
Halley VI Mobile Research Station, Brunt Ice Shelf, Weddell Sea, Antarctica
Forget the polar vortex. It can get as low as -60°F in the winter at the Halley VI, a research center that's attached to the top of a floating ice shelf off the Antarctic coast, 900 miles from the South Pole. It's actually the sixth such version: The first, built in 1954, was eventually crushed by accumulated snow—a fate that also eventually befell the second, third, and fourth attempts. (The station is famous in the climate world for the discovery of the ozone hole in 1985.) The solution? Make it portable. London-based Hugh Broughton Architects designed eight modules mounted on ski-fitted hydraulic legs that can raise and lower as needed.