China National Electronics Imports and Exports Corporation (CEIEC) has won a contract to build a research station in the freezing Antarctic for Brazil, to replace the one that burned down in 2012. The new “Comandante Ferraz” Station (WAP BRA-Ø2) on King George’s Island, Antarctica will be delivered by the incoming 2018 Antarctic campaign.
The new base will be a 5,000-sq-m structure that can accommodate 64 people and 18 laboratories. As well as the living and working quarters, the company will build a heliport, solar panels and wind turbines that will power the base.
The original base was destroyed by a fire in the station’s generators (see picture aside). Two soldiers were killed and one injured in the blaze.
The base was designed by Chilean firm Studio 41 Architecture, which won an international design completion in 2013.
All components of the structure are prefabricated and assembled on-site, in a project seen as a “monument of friendship” between the two countries.
The design puts bedrooms on the upper of two structures, together with a video room, a cyber cafe, a conference room and library. The lower block houses the laboratories, garages and the central storehouses.
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