Talk // Building in Antarctica

Building in Antarctica / Hugh Broughton

11.01.2023 16:00, online
The talk can be watched on our Youtube Channel.


Hugh is one of the world’s leading designers of research facilities in Antarctica. He will explain his work for the British, New Zealand, Australian and American programs, focussing on the environmental, logistic and well-being challenges of construction in the harshest, most extreme continent on earth. His talk will also review the similarities of designing for Antarctica with designing for space and will show a recent collaboration with artists in Bristol, constructing a prototype house for Mars.


Hugh Broughton founded Hugh Broughton Architects in 1995. The practice is based in West London. In 2005 Hugh’s practice won an international competition for the design of the UK’s most southerly Antarctic research station – Halley VI. The modular elevated base was completed in 2012 and is the world’s first fully relocatable polar research facility.

Hugh’s practice has gone on to win a string of design competitions for remote projects and is now considered one of the world’s leading designers of research facilities in the Polar Regions. His projects include:

  • Halley VI Antarctic Research Station for the British Antarctic Survey
  • Juan Carlos 1 Spanish Antarctic Base for the Ministry of Scientific Investigation
  • Atmospheric Watch Observatory in Greenland for the US National Science Foundation
  • Modernisation of Rothera Research Station for British Antarctic Survey
  • Scott Base Redevelopment for Antarctica New Zealand
  • Antarctic Infrastructure Renewal Program for the Australian Antarctic Division

Hugh has won over 50 international awards for his designs. His work has been published around the world and has been featured in numerous exhibitions and on television and radio. He has lectured worldwide on the work of his practice, and regularly sits on award and competition juries.