• Capabilities: Structural Engineering
  • Sectors: Public Sector

Davis Station Living Quarters

Davis Station, Antarctic Territory, Australia - A revolutionary design for the Australian Antarctic Division’s Davis Station Living Quarters building incorporated the use of world first ‘fiber composite’ panels supported by lightweight steel framework.

2011

Award for excellence

1st

fibre-composite panels in the world
Davis Station Living Quarters, Antarctica

In pioneering spirit suited to the region, the Australian Antarctic Division accepted a revolutionary proposal for the design of a new living quarters building at Davis Station, Antarctica.

In pioneering spirit suited to the region, the Australian Antarctic Division accepted a revolutionary proposal for the design of a new living quarters building at Davis Station, Antarctica.

In what is believed to be a world first, a revolutionary design proposal suggested the use of fibre composite material, comprising foam, timber and fibreglass, to clad the steel frame of the building. The choice of cladding was esteemed in ship and aircraft building for its resilience to weather extremes, but until this project, had never been used in a building of this scale.

Arcadis carried out extensive modelling on the anticipated energy usage of the facility during its operation. This proved critical to the design process, since it informed the appropriate choice of materials and systems for the harsh Antarctic conditions, and the need to minimise energy usage while providing a safe, comfortable building.

The outcome of the project is a stunning solution to the environmental, economic and logistical challenges of delivering a complex project involving extreme conditions and a remote location. It sets a new benchmark for future buildings constructed on Australian Antarctic stations, and was externally recognised with an Engineers Australia Award for Excellence.

Outcomes

2011

Award for excellence

1st

fibre-composite panels in the world

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