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British duo unveil research station masterplans

Consultant Faber Maunsell and Hugh Broughton Architects have released images of its design for a Spanish Antarctic Research Station called Juan Carlos 1.

Located on Livingstone Island, part of the South Shetland Islands, where temperatures plummet as low as -25 deg C, the base will be home to 24 scientists for four months in the summer – the only time when the base is accessible.

The base, named after the reigning King of Spain, will comprise three accommodation wings around a central core with the science complex as a separate structure.

It will be constructed from modular fiber reinforced plastic monocoque rings, better known for being used in Formula 1 racing cars.

The new complex will replace the old station, which was operated by the National Research Council on behalf of the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation opened in 1988.