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Old October 25th, 2007, 05:19 AM   #1
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North of 60 Architecture

Building in the arctic poses much challenges in creating suitable buildings, never mind decent looking buildings on the outside. Permafrost is a major hinderance to building tall but the cold really drives people to build really close to each other in hopes of breaking up any wind as much as possible. So let's start.

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This building is pretty cool, I wouldn't mind it being built in Edmonton - provided that the exterior could be seen through. The opaqueness is probably an attempt to have the building retain as much heat as possible. However, it also looks really cool, I have to say.
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Old October 25th, 2007, 09:58 AM   #2
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Wow! That reminds we of the 'terraformer' colony on planet LV-426 in the movie Aliens. Very cool. Perhaps, an entire city made up of these is just what North of 60 needs. Sci-fi-bunker-chic!!!!
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Old October 25th, 2007, 04:11 PM   #3
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Isn't that what brutalism is for?
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It could be, but this works too. Besides, high tech materials are probably far better here than concrete would be.
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Old October 25th, 2007, 10:51 PM   #5
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Wait, ceramics?

It'd be nice if they made some transparent ceramics.
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Here is the rendering for the RCMP V Division in Iqaluuit.

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"IBI Group are the Design Architects on the RCMP ‘V’ Division Headquarters facility in Iqaluit, Nunavut. This new 3,500 sq.m. facility consists of Cell Detention areas, Detachment offices, Forensic Services, Investigative units, Exhibit Storage, Training facilities, Dormitories, Administrative facilities, Firing Range and Community Services. The project has some unique challenges of severe climatic and site conditions, as well as transportation and construction logistics. The climate imposes extreme low temperatures, high winds, and drifting snow across the Arctic tundra terrain of Banff Island. All of the materials are either barged in by sea or they are air-lifted. There is also a very limited construction season. The Federal Government has committed to making this project Canada’s most northerly LEED facility. The “ice and snow” imagery inspired the jagged wedge/ iceberg-like building massing, the translucent blue interior colour scheme and drifting snow motifs that frame the public interior spaces."
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I find the Iqaluit Elementary School a far more interesting and unique design. The IBI render simply looks like southern architecture adapted to a northern climate. It's better to start from scratch when designing architecture for this region.
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