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Pole of Inaccessibility Station by Rosie Adams-Schimminger

The Pole of Inaccessibility Station at Ridge A, Dome A, Antarctica, is a year round research facility supporting 60 inhabitants in annual shifts.

The site is the dead, flat, still and empty interior of a platform continent, which experiences light and time on scales unsuitable for critical human rhythms. Here, human habitation must mitigate the trifecta detrimental conditions of environment, isolation and confinement.

How can architecture allow us to encounter this inhumane and apparently infinite -in space and time – place in a meaningful and safe manner?

The architecture of the Station provides relief in complexity, refuge in contrast and controlled prospect in considered thresholds. The Station also engages directly with the body’s perception through scent, humidity and texture.