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.
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.
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.
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.