Antarctic research center begins construction

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A British architectural firm has designed a research center called the Discovery Building for the British Arctic Survey research team in Antarctica.

Construction began on January 30, 2020.

The building's exterior will be made with metal panels that are pale blue in color to prevent high ultraviolet rays from causing degradation to the structure, according to a press release from the architectural firm. The color is also a reference to the Antarctic sky.

The Discovery Building will also have a wind deflector along its roofline that will be used to deflect cold air in the Antarctic so that the wind will travel down the structure's facade. This will help to minimize snow accumulation around the building.

The structure also consists of a control tower from its roof. The tower will provide a 360° view of the area.

The Discovery Building will also contain a medical facility, offices and recreational spaces among other facilities.

The structure is expected to be completed in 2023.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. New research center
2. What the building's exterior will be made out of
3. Features of the building
4. The building's control tower

VOICEOVER (in English):

"British architectural firm Hugh Broughton Architects have designed a research center called the Discovery Building for the British Arctic Survey research team in Antarctica."

"Construction began on January 30, 2020."

"According to a press release from the architectural firm, the building's exterior will be made with metal panels that are pale blue in color to prevent high ultraviolet rays from causing degradation to the structure."

"The color is also a reference to the Antarctic sky."

"The Discovery Building will also have a wind deflector along its roofline that will be used to deflect cold air in the Antarctic so that the wind will travel down the structure's facade."

"This will help to minimize snow accumulation around the building."

"The structure also consists of a control tower from its roof. The tower will provide a 360° view of the area."

SOURCES: Inhabitat, Hugh Brougton Architects,
https://inhabitat.com/bas-breaks-ground-on-energy-efficient-discovery-building-to-study-climate-change-in-antarctica/
https://hbarchitects.co.uk/
https://hbarchitects.co.uk/discovery-building-rothera-research-station/
https://www.dezeen.com/2020/02/18/hugh-broughton-architects-antarctic-research-centre-discovery-building/
https://www.bas.ac.uk/media-post/new-discovery-building-at-rothera-research-station-breaks-ground/