Modular station uses hydraulics and skis to survive Antarctica

Next to the void of space and the depths of the sea, the Earth's poles are the most brutal, unforgiving environments known to mankind. A new kind of structure, specifically designed to withstand the abuses of the Antarctic, promises to make research at the south pole a little bit more bearable.

Designed by Hugh Broughton Architects for the British Antarctic Survey, the Halley VI is the next generation in modular Antarctic research stations. It looks as weird as it does for a good reason: those hydraulic legs can be extended to keep the station from getting buried under heavy snowfall. The legs of the structures, which make them vaguely resemble the AT-AT walkers on Hoth in Star Wars, can also be outfitted with giant skis, allowing the structures to be towed around to new places.

In addition to helping the researchers survive the 100 mph winds, ludicriously subzero temperatures, and long stretches of darkness, the large red module also features a recreational space equipped with a climbing wall and a hydroponic salad garden. What more could an intrepid explorer possibly ask for?

You can see footage of the Halley VI being lifted and moved in the video below.

British Antarctic Survey, via Architectural Record and Slashgear

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