During the winter of 1911, 25 men of the Terra Nova shore party lived in the hut. From here Scott and his men set out on the ultimately fatal trek to the South Pole. Following the failure of Scott’s southern party to return several men remained behind for a further winter (1912) in order to search for the bodies the next spring. In 1913, the Terra Nova expedition over, it was left well supplied with stores in the way of food and oil, and a certain amount of coal.
The hut was reused from 1915-1917 by several of Shackleton’s Ross Sea party after the Aurora, which was to have been the permanent winter quarters, broke adrift in May 1915, and went north with the ice, unable to return. The hut became the permanent living quarters for the ten marooned men, and thanks to the stores they were able to sustain life in comparative comfort, supplementing these stores from Shackleton’s Hut at Cape Royds. In January 1917, after Shackleton had rescued the survivors, he had the hut put in order and locked up.
Although abandoned from 1917, the hut and its contents are remarkably well preserved today due to the consistently sub-freezing conditions
Precedent: La Tourette, Lyon, France 1956 - 1960 Le Corbusier.
Detailed and accessible documentary on the most iconic of Le Corbusier’s buildings.
Precedent: Neft Dashlari (Oil Rocks), Caspian Sea 1949.
Neft Daşları, the Oil Rocks, is an industrial settlement in Baku, Azerbaijan. It lies 100 km away from the Azeri capital Baku, and 55 km from the nearest shore in the Caspian Sea. A full town on the sea, it was the first oil platform in Azerbaijan, and the first operating offshore oil platform in the world, incorporating numerous drilling platforms.
The settlement began with a single path out over the water and grew into a system of paths and platforms built on the back of ships sunk to serve as the Neft Daşları’s foundation. The most distinctive feature of Neft Daşları is that it is actually a functional city with a population of about 5,000 and over 300 km of streets built on piles of dirt and landfill.