Halley VI research station, Antarctica
The British Antarctic Survey thought otherwise, and in 2004 employed the Royal Institute of British Architects to hold a design competition for their new £26m station.
One of the motivations for building Halley VI is that Halley V was being progressively engulfed by snow, as were four previous stations built there since 1956. The ice on which it stands is moving at a rate of 400 metres a year, and one day will break off and float away, so Halley VI can be relocated when necessary. It can also be regularly raised, to keep it above the perpetual build-up of snow.