Terrestrial References
Landscape Object
Liza Vintova

The intensive development of Antarctica calls for protracted human habitation in conditions unfit for ordinary life. Man’s efficiency directly depends on his psychological state, which is influenced by a multitude of factors, including in large measure what he sees around: nature, household objects, interiors and architecture. Clearly, what man finds around in Antarctica is akin to an uninhabited planet, and every new resident who has not been born on that continent is in need of associative reminders of the usual reality of his/her ordinary life. Now if inside stations these problems can be resolved successfully, this is so far highly unlikely on the outside. Solid research is needed to overcome possible psychological problems (the Kai syndrome) connected with man’s adaptation to life in conditions differing from what he has been used to. By way of experiment ice landscape objects are to be installed. Their content is to impact on the deep-lying associative strata of man’s positive memories and to evoke feelings linked with recollections of one’s native home, walks through home town streets, travels to warm climates, reading favourite books or watching films. These are certain “cultural codes” that help everyone to stay in a good mood and thus connect him/her with real life “on Earth”. Booster-light to make up for the shortage of warm natural “earthly” colours is an important component of these objects. The content is to be customized for every participant, and in the course of research a set of visual images is to be formed to work out universal exterior designs for Antarctic cities.
Arctic Poppy
Orangery in Antarctica


Top View Melt Down

A Perfect World -
Camouflage System

The Bell
Sound Vessel and Shelter

Polar Axis, 1987

Terrestrial References
Landscape Object

Ice: Antarctic Landscape Dissected

Transformable Antarctic Research Facility

Life in a Freezer

Out of Building
Architecture (OBA)

Some Things Happen All At Once (2014)

Re-thinking Paradise