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Polar Ants

Theodore Spyropoulos Studio
Assistants: Shajay Bhooshan, Mostafa El-Sayed, Manuel Jiménez García

Anais Mikaelian (Egypt)
Bita Mohamadi (Iran)
Laila Selim (Egypt),
Lukasz Szlachcic (Poland)

North Pole Research Facility


The primary investigation of this project is to balance the relationship between a physical environment and function through a dynamic study of material behaviour and architectural mutation. The project is located on the ice cap of the Arctic Ocean – an environment that exhibits harsh climatic conditions for human survival as well as fluctuating changes of the ground condition. The natural environment therefore directly influences the architectural transformation and adaptability. A quality that is evident in the evolution and survival of living organisms. We propose an adaptable, fluctuating and contextual scientific research facility on the Arctic ice cap. The changing climatic conditions in the Arctic region have allowed for a much greater investment of time and energy into the exploration of this vastly unknown area. Within the last few years there has been a steady influx of new discoveries of species and living organisms inhabiting the ice cover and Arctic waters. Our architecture is meant to facilitate within these explorations while making habitation of the Arctic more feasible.