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The Barracks is a secure residential compound on the Island comprising houses and other surface buildings with electricity and water service, plus an unknown number of underground facilities. Originally constructed by the DHARMA Initiative, the Others took control after the Purge, using the compound as their home and base of operations on the Island.
The Others abandoned the Barracks in 2005 in anticipation of the arrival of the mercenary team sent by Charles Widmore. When the survivors of Oceanic Flight 815 split into two groups, Locke's group temporarily resided in the Barracks. Since then the Barracks have been abandoned.
The DHARMA Initiative
The Barracks were built sometime in the early 1970's - likely not long after DHARMA's arrival on the Island - and were used to house DHARMA Initiative scientists, support staff and their families. The Barracks were designed to be an entire utopian community or small town with all the amenities of civilization of that era. Residents had all of the conveniences of modern living, such as electricity, plumbing, ovens, refrigerators, books, record players and so on. DHARMA staff also appear to have taken part in recreational leisure activities with individuals riding bikes across the grounds.
The Purge / Aftermath
At some point after their arrival, the DHARMA Initiative entered into a long-running conflict with a group "indigenous" to the Island, known as the Hostiles. After numerous skirmishes, the conflict ended when the Hostiles, in alliance with certain members of the Initiative including Ben Linus, flooded the Barracks with toxic gas killing at least forty in a single stroke. Some time afterwards, the Barracks were taken over by the Others: a group consisting of the Hostiles, ex-DHARMA personnel and people recruited from the outside world. (3x20)
The Others appeared to have constructed a tight-knit community within the Barracks - and appear to have maintained ties with the outside world, per the appearance of clothing, books, CDs, electronics and other items of recent origin. Their community also had their own book club. It is not known how many Others lived at the Barracks, although Jack estimates at least fifty. (3x15)
The survivors' discovery of the Barracks began when Sayid found a map in the Flame with the location marked on it. According to Sayid, the map showed "electrical and data cabling running from the Flame... to a place called the Barracks". He also said that the Barracks were "comprised of houses and dormitories, with water and power, large enough to accommodate an entire community." He correctly surmised that this is the location of the Others' home on the Island. (3x11)
Sayid, Kate, Locke, and Danielle Rousseau were the first to discover the Barracks after bypassing the sonar fence and were subsequently captured. The Others, however, unexpectedly abandoned the Barracks after this incident - leaving for The Temple. This move was likely a response to the the freighter approaching the Island sent by Charles Widmore. (3x13) (3x15)
Locke's group temporarily settled in the Barracks, believing it to be one of the most secure areas remaining on the Island. This illusion was shattered, however, by an attack on the Barracks by the freighter mercenaries. (4x03) (4x09)
Since that time, it appears the Barracks has been completely abandoned. After the emergency landing of Ajira Airlines Flight 316 in 2007, Frank, Sun, Ben and Locke returned to the Barracks which appeared to be suffering from three years of age and neglect. Why the Others did not resume occupation of the facility is unknown. (5x09) (5x12)
It is not entirely clear where many of the Barracks locations are in respect to one another. Signficant locations will be described here.
During the time of the DHARMA Initiative and later under custody of the Others, the Barracks are was extremely well kept with neatly mowed and watered lawns. Attractive concrete pathways wind their way between the buildings lined with what appear to be solar-powered garden lights. A number of speakers are set at occasion along the paths along with posts containing security cameras and floodlights which can be activated on the event of a security breach. The Barracks has no telephone or electrical poles - which suggests the presence of an underground power distribution system. Several white picket fences seem to denote various yards or garden areas.
Neglected for some three years, by 2007 the grounds were definitely showing signs of age, neglect and abandonment.
In a video podcast, Co-Executive Producer Jean Higgins revealed that, while the outside of the houses are filmed at YMCA Camp Erdman in Hawaii, the interior shots are all filmed using a single set with decoration changes as appropriate to ownership of the house.
Heather's house (1974)
Building 15 (1977)
In 1977 a burning DHARMA van crashed into a house. When LaFleur called for help over the walkie, he identified the house as building 15. Several unnamed DHARMA members were rescued from the burning building. (5x10)
Horace's house (1977)
Juliet's house (2004)
Juliet's house is located in the Barracks and is where she lived for three years on coming to the Island. It is a yellow, one story house - and as described by Ben, there are two bedrooms and two bathrooms. Later, Hurley was briefly imprisoned in a closet in this house. (3x01) (4x04) (4x06)
In Lost: The Official Magazine Volume 1, Issue 9, official art by Scott Cobb shows Juliet's house having wooden roof beams, a television set, a dining room table, and the area where the book club met. A kitchen is also seen, as well as a hallway leading, presumably, to the bedrooms and bathrooms.
Ben's house (2004)
Unlike most of the houses at the Barracks, Ben's house is two stories. The house contained a collection of paintings of various locations on the Island; these are mounted upon the walls in at least two rooms. There are also photographs of Alex at various ages also framed on the walls, as well as a painting of a woman, which was also seen in the Linus' home in "". There are also various carved masks and relics hanging throughout the house. The living room area contains a large heavy bookshelf with many volumes. Among the works seen are The Quran, Red Man's Religion and Kings of Love. Since Ben's surgery in Season 3, the house was retrofitted to make access and living easier for a wheelchair-bound occupant, including a motorized bed. (3x13)
Hidden one of the paintings in the living room is a safe with two objects inside: a videotape marked "Red Sox" containing a recording of Charles Widmore and a folder which Ben claims contains everything he knows about Widmore. (4x06)
A large, heavy bookcase in the living room of Ben's house conceals a doorway into a secret closet. The room appears to be some sort of office or wardrobe. Numerous changes of clothing and shoes are present and the desck contains large bundles of cash in a variety of international currencies, multiple passports belonging to Ben in various aliases. The room also has a thick, heavy barrier that drops down to seal the entrance from the rest of the house. (4x03) (4x09)
Beyond a hanging row of suit jackets in the closet lies yet another hidden door, this one made of stone with carvings and appearing to be extremely old. Beyond this door is a small tunnel leading downward to a pool of stagnant brown water. The Monster can be summoned by pulling a plug at the bottom fo the pool, allowing the water to escape through a drain. (4x09) (5x12)
Jack's house (2004)
Jack lived with the Others briefly while Ben was in recovery after his surgery. The house Jack was assigned to was rigged with security cameras. The house contains a main living area including a piano and a short corridor leading, presumably, to a bedroom. (3x13)
Claire's house (2004)
Communal buildings, northern cluster
The Welcome Center is the first stop for recruits after they have been checked in at the Processing Center. It is the source for any information regarding departments and procedures on the island. The center is also used for training and educational programs.
Beneath the building east of the Welcome Center is located an underground bunker-like security office. Access to the Security Office is restricted to authorized personnel only. A large bank of nine monitors (similar to those seen at The Pearl, The Flame and The Hydra) provide live security feeds from various areas of the Barracks including the sonar fence. The DHARMA Initiative appears to have had security personnel stationed here continuously. One of the DHARMA security guards made a joke about the polar bears escaping their cages, hinting that other stations can be monitored from this location. The room also contains a reel-to-reel tape player capable of playing music on the room's speakers. (5x08) (5x09) The office may also be the location where the Others monitored Jack during his stay at the Barracks. (3x13)
An adjacent room contains a jail cell which was used briefly to hold Sayid in 1977. The room contains a security camera which apparently has picture, but no sound. (5x09) (5x10) Why the Others did not use the jail cell for holding Kate, Sayid and Locke is unknown. Possibly Anthony Cooper may have been held here for a time. (3x13) (3x15)
The security office is not a station, but has its own DHARMA logo.
South is of the Welcome Center lies one of the larger buildings in the Barracks, the recreation hall. It contains numerous games and other leisure activities for the entertainment of DHARMA personnel. Among the collection is a pool table, foosball table, two arcade games and a collection of other boardgames including Mouse Trap and backgammon. Kate was held captive by the Others in this room for a time and Locke's faction later held Ben and Sayid here. (3x13) (3x15) (4x03).
Communal buildings, southern cluster
The Barracks also included a school to educate the children of DHARMA personnel. In one conversation, Horace refers to the school as offering a "quality education." The walls of the schoolroom are decorated with hand-drawings of the main DHARMA logo, as well as a drawing of a girl swimming with a dolphin, some smaller fish and the submarine. The picture is labeled, "Me and my fish". (Season 3 DVD) In "", the students learn how volcanoes work.
Later as seen in 1977, the students appear to be learning about Egyptian hieroglyphics which are seen on the chalkboard. Elsewhere in the room is a periodic table and a sign that says "DHARMA students make learning fun!" (5x13)
It appears the classroom has a set practiced routine in the event of an attack on the Barracks by the Hostiles which involve locking the doors and taking cover. The teacher, Olivia, also had quick access to a rifle to defend the children. (3x20)
The school has its own Dharma logo.
A large playground for children of DHARMA Initiative staff exists adjacent to the school. When Ben was young, he and Annie used to play here -- and is was where she gave him two dolls as a birthday present. Later in 2004, Sayid was held captive here, chained to a swingset for three days. When arriving at the Barracks, Miles noted the playground and asked sarcastically if the Others had a daycare. (3x13) (3x20) (4x03)
At the southside of the The Barracks lies a medical clinic and operating theater ostensibly to take care of day-to-day injuries and other health issues for DHARMA Initiative personnel. Amy was brought her to give birth to her son, Ethan. Similarly, young Ben was brought here after being shot by Sayid. The clinic contains basic medical supplies including sterile lancets, painkillers, cotton pads and swabs - although apparently is not as well stocked as The Staff. (5x08) (5x10) (5x11)
A large building, east of the school, contains a cafeteria and large adjacent kitchen presumably where DHARMA personnel would take most of their meals. Hurley worked here for a time in 1977. (5x10) The kitchen/cafeteria has its own Dharma logo.
The Motor Pool is a large garage/depot facility at the eastern side of The Barracks where DHARMA's fleet of vans and jeeps were housed. Vehicles here could be signed out by DHARMA personnel on an as-needed basis and would be worked on by technicians at the same location. Numerous fuel containers, oil drums and tires were strewn about. The Motor pool maintained 8 vans and 4 jeeps that could be used around the Island. (Dharma Initiative orientation kit). On pegs next to the sign-out sheet hung 16 keys. A locked gun safe is also kept here - presumably in the event of Hostile incursions. (5x08) (5x13) (5x14) The motor pool has its own DHARMA logo.
Jack, Roger, and Willie (the three members of the janitorial staff in 1977) worked at a location known as The Shed. It is presumably a storage area containing cleaning supplies located somewhere at the Barracks. (5x11)
A septogonal gazebo stands out in the middle of the lawn area. When festivities are in order, they are focussed around this pavillion.
Other nearby locations
There are several other locations immediately adjacent to the Barracks:
Harbor and wharf
The harbor is within a short walking distance of the Barracks, and appears to have been constructed in some sort of small lagoon. A long wharf just out into the water, large enough to house a single vessel at a time. This appears to be the primary dock for submarines coming to and from the Island. The harbor appears to be inside the sonar fence. (3x13) (3x16)
On the waterfront nearby is a small boathouse with its own dock. The boathouse is a small cabin used primarily for storage of life jackets, ropes, nets and other such equipment. Locke used this the boathouse to keep Miles prisoner for a short period of time. (4x04)
Directly beneath the Barracks exists a large complex of ancient tunnels with hieroglyphics similar to those found within The Temple. Richard Alpert referred to this area as "the tunnels" and this area was used by the Others to store the hydrogen bomb after 1954. The tunnels original purpose is unknown. It is unclear if the DHARMA Initiative was aware that the Barracks were constructed on top of an even older site. The secret chamber in Ben's house is very likely linked to the tunnels.(5x15)
Security perimeter (sonar fence)
The Barracks and harbor are completely surrounded by a hypersonic barrier that can injure or kill anyone who passes through it. The DHARMA Initiative referred to it as a sonar fence. The intensity of the fence can be adjusted and individual sections can be deactivated by typing a code into a keypad on certain pylons.
The DHARMA Initiative orientation film at the Barracks stated that purpose of the fence was to keep out the Island's abundant wildlife - although it seems highly likely that the fence was constructed with the Monster in mind. (3x15) Per Richard Alpert, the Others have the means to bypass the barrier - a possible reference to the tunnels.
The Barracks are located on the main island at the base of some hills. In the opening scene of "", Ben says that Goodwin can make it to the tail crash site within an hour if he hurries, demonstrating that the location is not very far from that portion of the coastline.
The orientation video for the Pearl station instructed DHARMA staff return to the Barracks via the Pala ferry at the end of their shifts. This suggests that the sea route to the Barracks from the Pearl is somehow preferable to the land route.
Ben's radio tower map shows the relative locations of the beach camp, the Pearl, radio tower and the Barracks - which appear to be just north of the Pearl. By inference, one can also determine the location of The Flame. However, the map is problematical in that the relative distances between sites do not seem to match up with observed travel in the series. The map also does not properly overlay onto Rousseau's maps.
Based on the mile markers on the bottom of the DHARMA cabling map, the Barracks is roughly one mile across.
- A cluster of six private houses on the western side. One house seems to be close to the termination for the western tunnel.
- Another cluster of six on the southern side, including the school, the cafeteria, the infirmary and three private houses. Ben and Juliet live in this cluster. The easternmost house, possibly Ben's, seems to be close to the termination point for the eastern tunnel.
- A cluster of five buildings between these and on the northern side of the main road. These include the Welcome Center, the Recreation Room, the Security Office and two private houses (one of them probably belonging to the Head of Security). The Security Office seems to be near the termination for the northwestern tunnel. Jack's house was on the southern side of this cluster.
- A larger lone structure to the east, which is the Motor Pool.
These buildings are arranged in a circular pattern around a central picnic area with a lone Norfolk pine tree and a nearby white gazebo. There are only footpaths (no roads) between the houses.The DHARMA cabling map details of the Barracks inside the sonar fence are taken from the set design materials. The map reflects the actual layout and buildings of the YMCA camp that the production uses for filming exteriors of the Barracks.
The long distance images of the Barracks seen in "" were artificially generated and do not match up with the layout of the actual set. This can best seen in examining the differences between the arrangement of the buildings around the gazebo in the close-in shots versus the layout seen in the distance shots. It can be assumed that the layout of the YMCA camp represents a portion of the Barracks, but it is unclear if there are meant to be other buildings beyond the physical layout of the camp.
The village had no roads, no telephone or electric poles to explain how the Others could live in their little Utopian community. Initially I scouted for streets and cul-de-sacs with the locations manager Jim Triplett, and then we started talking about how they would live on an island without vehicles, etc. That's when we realized we should look for camping grounds where we could create a world without all the spoils of modernization. The village of the Others was a makeover of a camp on the North Shore of Oahu. We painted the houses, added porches and details, and even an extra story to Ben's House. To make the camp look idyllic, we watered the lawn for weeks before shooting, and even painted some dry patches with environmentally friendly green dye! (Revelations)
The filming location is at the YMCA Camp Erdman in Hawaii - (Source: Lostvirtualtour, The Economist-Enhanced transcript). The Lost crew painted all the houses yellow before filming, and the crew also installed the gazebo. The second story of Ben's house is actually a false front attached to a one-story house.
The following interiors at the Barracks have all been shot at the YMCA Camp Eardman assembly hall. The assembly hall is reconfigured internally with different size partitions to pass for the different locations:
- Recreation room
- Fireplace building
- Main hall
- Before the name of the location was revealed, it was given the names "Otherville", "Othersville", and "Utopiaville" by fans. Further nicknames were "Bennsylvania" and "Losteria Lane".
- The production design notes call it "Othersville" and "Ext. Suburbia" (Season 3 DVD) The producers' nickname for it is "New Otherton". (Season 3 DVD)
- The "New Otherton" name was finally used onscreen by Sawyer in "第4季 第12集". In "", during the 1970's he called it "Dharmaville"
- The Barracks was first mentioned in "", in the Pearl's orientation video.
- The Swan Orientation Film makes a cryptic mention that the DHARMA Initiative was pursuing research into some form of utopian social order.
- Close inspection of the zoom out from the Barracks in "" reveals a dove, flying over.
- Ethan Rom is seen underneath Juliet's house, repairing the plumbing. The plumbing that Ethan is working on is typically seen in houses with well water. (3x01)
- The pine tree is a Norfolk Island Pine, genus Araucaria heterophylla, fairly common on the Island of Oahu, where the show has many filming locations. These trees were often planted on tropical islands by early sailors to be available for ship masts, and are well adapted to tropical climates.
- The DHARMA Initiative also appears to have a sizeable cache of dynamite available which apparently was stored somewhere in the vicinity of the Barracks. (5x08)
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- When were the Barracks constructed?
- Was the DHARMA Initiative aware of the tunnel system beneath the Barracks?
- Why did the Others abandon the Barracks?
- Why did the Others not return to the Barracks after the Island was moved?
- Why are Dharma Initiative items (Processing Center sign, Dharma logo on building door, recruit photos, etc.) present in the 2007 Barracks?