Our studio has led the architectural design for a self-sufficient and sustainable city on Mars, called Nüwa. The project is part of an exhaustive scientific work for a competition organised by the Mars Society and developed by the Sustainable Offworld Network (SONet), an international team of scientists and academics, headed by the astrophysicist Guillem Anglada-Escudé.
We came up with solutions to create structures that shield inhabitants from radiation, ensure indirect access to sunlight, protect from potential meteorite impacts, and solve the atmospheric pressure difference between the inside and outside of the buildings.
This article was originally published on Domus 1062, November 2021.
The design includes five cities, with Nüwa as their capital. Each city houses between 200,000 and 250,000 people. Aside from Nüwa, the other cities follow the same urban strategy, such as Abalos City, located at the North Pole to leverage access to ice, or Marineris City, lying in the solar system’s most extensive canyon. In these Martian cities’ designs, we sought to define structures that would guarantee a habitat suitable for humans and other organic life forms.