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Buro Happold/Lifschutz Davidson

Buro Happold is equipping each of its Halley 6 live-work units with 16 up-down only legs. Powerful 'Brunelian' screw jacks will enable adhesion between its snow shoes and the ice to be easily broken and help get all eight feet to the same level, says team leader and Buro Happold partner Ian Liddell.

Accommodation is provided above a trussed spine, into which plant is slotted.

The whole is cocooned and protected from relentless wind-blown snow by an ultratough, ultraviolet radiationresistant teflon-coated fibreglass windshield. This will be erected immediately on completion of the truss to give weather protection. Inside, insulation is 'bog standard', of the type found in industrial freezers, Liddell says.

The design's guiding principle is 'brutal simplicity, or it won't be built in time', he adds. Components will be pre-fabricated and, as far as possible, preassembled, with a high degree of standardisation.

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