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SOM’s inflatable habitats could allow people to “thrive over the long term” on the Moon

July 7, 2021 Jane Englefield 0

Architecture studio SOM and the European Space Agency have created more visuals for Moon Village, a concept for a settlement on the moon made up of inflatable modules. SOM presented a detailed scale model of Moon Village, which it first announced in 2019, as part of its exhibition Life Beyond Earth at this year’s Venice

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Lithuania virtually sends people to outer space at Venice Architecture Biennale pavilion

June 3, 2021 James Parkes 0
The installation is located in a church

Research studio Lithuanian Space Agency has imagined a fictional world in outer space that would be created from people 3D-scanned at the 2021 Venice Architecture Biennale. Titled Planet of People, the Lithuanian pavilion is located in the renaissance Santa Maria dei Derelitti church and centred around a 3D scanner that scans visitors to send them into

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Watch a fly-through of Mars city designed for quarter of a million people

April 8, 2021 Tom Ravenscroft 0
Mars city

This video shows a fly-through of Nüwa, which has been designed by architecture studio ABIBOO to be the first permanent city on Mars. Powered by solar energy and growing its own food, the self-sustaining city of Nüwa would be built into a cliff face on Mars. According to its architect, ABIBOO founder Alfredo Munoz, the city

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ABIBOO envisions cliff-face city as “future capital of Mars”

April 7, 2021 Tom Ravenscroft 0

Architecture studio ABIBOO has designed the concept for a self-sufficient city on Mars named Nüwa that could be built in 2054. Its architect explains the project to Dezeen. Set within a cliff on Mars, Nüwa was designed for non-profit organisation the Mars Society to be the first permanent settlement on Mars. The vertical settlement, which could eventually house 250,000

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Voyager Station space hotel will spin “slightly faster than the second hand of a clock” says its architect

March 29, 2021 Tom Ravenscroft 0
Space hotel

Following last week’s news that the first space hotel could be ready for guests in 2027, chief architect Tim Alatorre answers questions posed by sceptical Dezeen readers about the project. The claim that the wheel-shaped space hotel would be constructed in just one year was questioned by several Dezeen commenters. Others expressed doubts about the

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First space hotel set to open in 2027

March 9, 2021 Tom Ravenscroft 0
Voyager Station space hotel

The Gateway Foundation has announced that it intends to open the world’s first hotel in space, named Voyager Station, in 2027. Voyager Station will be built by construction company Orbital Assembly Corporation, which describes itself as “the world’s first large scale space construction company”. According to the organisation, construction of the 50,000-square-metre facility will start in 2026 with the first

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Jupe travel pods are space-themed shelters for off-grid living

December 26, 2020 India Block 0
Jupe prefabricated camping shelter

American prefabricated shelter company Jupe has launched its travel pod, a flat-pack temporary cabin with birch wood floors and a metal frame that lights up at night. The geometric Jupe pods, named after the planet Jupiter, are intended as a futuristic alternative to traditional glamping tents and yurts. Jupe’s design team, whose credentials include working

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Gold inflatable house for Mars designed by Hugh Broughton Architects and Pearce+

November 2, 2020 Cajsa Carlson 0
Exterior view of Martian House in Bristol by Hugh Broughton Architects and Pearce+

Hugh Broughton Architects and Pearce+ are creating Martian House, an inflatable building in Bristol, England, that will explore what an extraterrestrial house for life on Mars could look like. The house,  a collaboration with local artists as part of the ongoing art project Building a Martian House, is set over two levels, with the lower

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BIG and NASA collaborate to design 3D-printed buildings for the moon

October 1, 2020 Eleanor Gibson 0
Project Olympus by BIG, ICON and SEArch+

BIG and 3D-printed building company ICON have revealed they are working on Project Olympus, which aims to develop robotic construction for the moon. The architecture firm and SEArch+ (Space Exploration Architecture) were enlisted for the project by ICON after it received a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) government contract boosted with funding from NASA. Called

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