Several facilities in Ny-Ålesund are used jointly by the German-French Research Base AWIPEV. In the image below you can see the different buildings.

Below is a short overview about the various buildings and their use.

Blue House

  • Base leader office
  • Guest office
  • Bedrooms
  • Social room

Rabot Building

  • Logistics engineer office
  • Wet lab #A
  • Wet lab #B
  • Computer room
  • Workshop
  • Outdoor equipment storage
  • Bedrooms
  • Social room
  • Laundry


Atmospheric Observatory

German contribution for the global Network for the Detection of Atmospheric Composition Change (NDACC) with various atmospheric measuring instruments, computer lab, seminar room.

  • Observatory engineer office
  • Sounding room
  • Seminar room
  • Computer room
  • Workshop

Balloon House

Balloon house and launch pad for preparing and launching of meteorological and scientific balloons

Old Balloon House

  • Clothes storage room


Four huts with facilities for staying overnight as well as power supply by both solar and wind power about 5 km east of Ny-Ålesund, measurements of air chemistry

  • Workshop
  • Bedrooms
  • Guest office
  • kitchen and social room

Champ Antenna - GFZ

Satellite receiving station, operated by the Geoforschungszentrum Potsdam

Scooter Garage

  • Scooter workshop (>0°C)
  • Scooter indoor storage