Results: Nine Visions of Moontopia

Winners Announced in Eleven’s Award-Winning Space Architecture Competition. Moontopia is the first in a series of international challenges on the subject of space-architecture which Eleven will release, aimed at exploring design-led solutions on the hot-subject of contemporary space exploration.

For this competition, Eleven asked thinkers, students, professionals, architects, designers, artists, academics, scientists and visionaries from around the world to imagine proposals for ‘Moontopia’: the first ever self-sufficient lunar colony designed for living, working, researching and – why not – a little space tourism too!

Joining the editorial team at Eleven, the competition was judged by a group of experts, which included space-architects, academics and NASA designers. Hundreds of people from all across the globe and from all continents joined this lunar challenge with their unique visions of Moontopia, making it one of the most successful and international competitions of 2016. Today, Eleven is excited to introduce their winning projects. We hope you enjoy them and leave you dreaming for the Moon.

1st PRIZE
 
Monika Lipinska, Laura Nadine Olivier and Inci Lize Ogun

/ LUNAR TEST LAB /

winner moontopia

A medium-scale lunar colony, Test Lab invasions a base point in the frontline of space exploration and Lunar colonisation. Beautifully presented in their sheets, this winning team have developed a design which acts as an initial base on the Moon to conduct further testing on our satellite. The architecture can be allowed to grow and construct itself through a method of 3D printed self-assembly, gradually colonising the Moon over time. The most important structure of the Test Lab is the outer membrane. Based on a simple origami pattern and made of programmed carbon fibre, it has the ability to shape itself once it senses pressure variation with the first solar wind.



RUNNER UP
 

Sergio Bianchi, Jonghak Kim, Simone Fracasso, Alejandro Jorge Velazco Ramirez

/ MOMENTUM VIRIUM /

Moontopia runner up

For the runner-up team, it was important that the Moon kept a significant meaning for us here on Earth. This is why they decided to base their Moontopia in the lunar orbit rather than on the surface of the Moon itself. A space elevator links the man-made space-city with our beloved natural satellite: a sensitive and elegant solution which mixes poetry with science-fiction.


PEOPLE’S CHOICE
 
Alessandro Giorgi, Cai Feng, Siyuan PanEsteban Analuiza

/ MODULPIA /

people moontopia

The general public’s favourite entry is designed as a unique form. According to a so-called aggregation system Weair-Phelan structure, it gives shape to an expandable landscape which could accommodate Moon dwellers in relatively economical, sustainable and simple solutions. Modular in nature, Modulpia could grow organically in time and, by employ bioregenerative strategies, it would be able to provide its own food, plants (for CO2 removal and oxygen production), and generate drinkable water from gray water.


HONOURABLE MENTION
 
Sean Thomas Allen

/ PLATINUM CITY /

platinum city

The fantastic graphics of this entry are equally matched by the extensive research which has given birth to its design. In its form alone, Platinum City is a fantasy-driven utopia. In its research, it is a new extraterrestrial urban model based on cutting-edge science and technology available to us today. Could this be a vision of what mankind living on the Moon at a large-scale could actually look like?


HONOURABLE MENTION
 
Ryan Tung Wai Yin, Ho Wing Tsit Teresina, Joshua Ho

/ UPSIDE DOWN /

hm2

There is clearly a lot of passion, thought and work behind this beautiful design. What makes this proposal so interesting is its phasing. In Upside Down, the design team set out a plan for interplanetary exploration and subsequent colonisation. Their real objective: Mars! The Moon is cleverly used to gather experience and resources… a sort of test-training site for a bigger galactic goal.


HONOURABLE MENTION
 
Prapatsorn Sukkaset, Saran Chamroonkul

/ WOMB /

honourable mention 3

Womb is an idea. A utopia. A retreat. But one which we can all buy into from time to time. In this design, the Moon becomes an almost ego-less meditation ground. An escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life on Earth which drowns our senses and generates stress. In Womb, the Moon becomes a place of contemplation, where mankind can seek solace for deeper meanings in human consciousness. And for those times when meditation and contemplation is all but a little too much, then WOMB provides a space-motel catering for the perhaps more ‘animalistic’ human needs.


HONOURABLE MENTION
 
Yiling Chu, Yao Ding, Yan-Fei Jiang, Hui Tian

/ LOOKING THROUGH THE MOON /

honourable mention 4

If pioneering 19th and early 20th century town planners (think Ebenezer Howard’s Garden Cities for example) would have been catapulted to the contemporary time and asked to design their ideal city on the Moon, they would have designed this wonderful entry. Placed in a natural crater and given an atmosphere of its own thanks to a see-through canopy (called a Solar Dome), this Moontopia is a fully functional city designed to bring a bit of earthly comforts to the Moon.


HONOURABLE MENTION
 
Edward Chew

/ LUNAR OASIS /

honorable mention 5

Lunar Oasis is a system of colonising barren and hostile territories such as the Moon. It is not built with the aim of establishing a static perfection, but rather designed to allow for natural processes to evolve in time. Thanks to an emphasis on greenery and vegetation, Lunar Oasis is a biophilic sanctuary that reconnects lunar inhabitants back with Earthly nature and provides an alternative to the outside world of barren moonscape. In doing so, the oasis becomes a life-support for human life on the Moon.


HONOURABLE MENTION
 
Stephanie Stiers

/ THE AEROSPHERE /

honorable mention 6

In scale, the Aerosphere is a tiny shelter, the smallest of all of the Moontopias submitted through this competition. In concept, however, it is huge! This interpretation of Moontopia focuses on Space Tourism. It designs a one-person transportable pod-suit which acts as a life-support and companion for its user adapting and catering to his or her every need. With the Aerosphere, you become a lunar explorer, allowed to explore our satellite through a series of tourists routes set out on the Moon. Can’t you just imagine the likes of Richard Branson producing these fun little suites for his space tourists in a few years time?