As the first leg of my leg of my trip is fast approaching [t-minus one day till back in the States] I've understandably been doing a lot of thinking about the future and the next places to visit. I'm in a hostel basement turned bar right now and don't have access to what you could quite call a noteworthy library, so I've had to do with 'ol reliable internet googling. In searching out prospective places to visit, I've ran into a stream of projects under the heading "extreme climatic architecture", or shortened "XTREME Architecture!!!" which is better at grabbing attention I think. Its all about marketing. In vain have I been trying to search "remote construction", "isolated building", or "remote architecture", which usually garners such results as this, though which arguably informative, is definitely lacking on the graphic end. I think they are still using Adobe Paint 2.o.
But back on track, there is a distinctly prominent vein of writing about architecture in extreme climates, or places that are prone to some of the harshest and coldest temperatures, hot/stinging winds, and over saturated rainfalls. As "remote construction" and "extreme environments" usually have much in common, the searching has brought some interesting new projects/proposals to my attention. In instances of extremity, you no longer have the option to ignore the environment around you. You must confront it head on, or risk blundering about and being swept away by the often merciless forces of nature. By being forced to analyze an exaggerated climatic condition, many theories and ideas can be found that are as equally relevant in locations much more temperate than their harshly bitter climatic stepbrothers. Here, in no particular order, are some of the projects I've recently ran across. Please feel free to comment if you have ideas about more buildings/places that fit into this criteria.
Place : Architect]
Norway : Sverre Fehn
Siberia, Russia : Leeser Architecture
Hotel Tierra Atacama
Atacama Desert, Chile : Rodrigo Searle & Matias Gonzalez
Eso Hotel Cerro Paranal
Atacama Desert, Chile : Auer + Weber Architects
Kyororo Museum of Natural Science
Matsunoyama, Niigata, Japan : Tezuka Architects
Townsville, Australia : BVN Architecture
Center of Gravity Foundation Hall
Desert Hot Springs, California, USA : Predock_Frane Architects