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Arctic Research Facility in ice cap of the Arctic Ocean by Polar Ants

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Article source: Polar Ants

Architecture defines, articulates and mediates the relationship between a physical environment and in-habitation. The primary investigation of this project is to balance this relationship through a dynamic study of material behavior. This project therefore proposes a living architecture, and challenges the classical modernist notions of permanence and stability. The theme of this proposal necessitates an equally responsive environment. As such, the project is located on the ice cap of the Arctic Ocean; an environment which exhibits harsh climatic conditions for human survival as well as constantly fluctuating physical surroundings. As ice makes up the entire physical environment of the Arctic cap, different times of the year present vastly different ground conditions; namely various ice thicknesses, hardness and layering of the ice, topographical features and overall ice coverage. As these factors change over the course of the year so do all architectural and formal qualities associated with them.


  • Architects: Polar Ants
  • Project: Arctic Research Facility
  • Location: ice cap of the Arctic Ocean
  • Credits: Lukasz Szlachcic, Anais Mikaelian, Laila Selim, Bita Mohamadi


Rafael Arozarena High School in Lercaro, La Orotava by AMP Arquitectos

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Article source: AMP Arquitectos

The school is set on a site close to the historic town center of La Orotava, mixing with the pre-existing walls of the farming terraces and letting the land flow beneath the building. The concrete walls are pigmented with colours that fade in accordance with the folds in the linear volumes and their proximity to the different rural and urban environments.

Image Courtesy Miguel de Guzman

  • Architects: AMP Arquitectos
  • Project: Rafael Arozarena High School
  • Location: Urbanización Lercaro, La Orotava
  • Architect Design:Felipe Artengo Rufino, Fernando Martín Menis, José Mª Rodríguez Pastrana Malagón
  • Technical Architect: Rafael Hernández Hernández, Andrés Pedreño Vega
  • ENGINEERING: CITE ingenieros
  • CLIENT: Consejería de Educación, Cultura y Deportes del Gobierno de Canarias
  • CONTRACTOR: Construcciones Rodríguez Mesa
  • COMPLETION DATE: Agosto 2004
  • Software used: AutoCAD


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