balbek bureau’s nostalgic ‘residence.reminiscences’ set up in antarctica


‘residence.reminiscences’ set up by balbek bureau 


Kyiv-based balbek bureau not too long ago accomplished an artwork set up, dubbed ‘Residence.Recollections’, for the Vernadsky Analysis Base in Antarctica. Situated on the island of Galindez, the venture kickstarted in November 2021 when the studio was tasked to repurpose a defunct gasoline tank on the Ukrainian Vernadsky (former British Faraday) analysis base. The set up, meant as a visible deal with for the station workers and vacationers, needed to be simply assembled, immune to extreme climate circumstances, and protected for greater than 3,500 penguins dwelling on the island.

all photographs © Slava Balbek



evoking ukrainian properties and pre-war nostalgia  


Extra importantly, the ultimate construction takes inspiration from the picture of a conventional Ukrainian home; envisioning it as a ‘residence away from residence’ for polar researchers, the architects designed the set up primarily based on a composite picture of a Ukrainian rural home. ‘A skinny detailed body across the tank resembles a pencil sketch: as if somebody, reminiscing, attracts their childhood residence from reminiscence,’ notes the balbek bureau crew.


To accompany the ‘Residence.Recollections’ set up, balbek bureau created a mini exposition with souvenirs from Ukraine, together with a pattern of the UNESCO-listed Kosiv painted ceramics and a lump of coal from the Donetsk area embedded in resin. The exhibition was later expanded with the assistance of the Ministry of Tradition and Data Coverage of Ukraine.

balbek bureau repurposes disused fuel tank into nostalgic art installation in antarctica
‘Residence.Recollections’ by balbek bureau is sited in Antarctica’s Vernadsky Analysis Base



The venture was commissioned by the Nationwide Antarctic Analysis Middle and applied with the help of the Silpo retail chain. In the meantime, building was dealt with by the Surprise Workshop bureau. The disassembled construction was delivered to the Vernadsky base within the spring of 2022, however the mounting was postponed attributable to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. In February 2023, balbek bureau’s CEO, architect Slava Balbek and the Surprise Workshop head Dmytro Zinoviev headed to Antarctica and accomplished the venture. 

balbek bureau repurposes disused fuel tank into nostalgic art installation in antarctica
the artwork set up is a transformed gasoline tank



The artwork set up, designed a 12 months earlier than the invasion, took on a brand new which means. For hundreds of thousands of individuals pressured to flee their hometowns and villages attributable to Russian aggression, returning residence grew to become their greatest dream,’ shares balbek bureau’s CEO Slava Balbek, ‘Nonetheless, we imagine that the struggle will finish in our victory, and Ukrainians will create new reminiscences from the protected haven of their residence. And all the best way in Antarctica, for researchers and vacationers alike, our home will proceed to face sturdy, a real memento of Ukraine.

balbek bureau repurposes disused fuel tank into nostalgic art installation in antarctica
utilizing a skinny steel body to evoke the childhood nostalgia of pencil sketching

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