Visions of Marstopia

Winner of Visions of Marstopia




Winners of Eleven’s International Space Competition on Martian Vernacular Design Announced. Some with visions of utopias, others with dystopias. Some focusing on small-scale exploratory units, others with urban models for fully fledged Martian cities. Whatever the intention, one thing is certain: the red planet has been an inspiration for some fascinating concepts, and the idea of a martian vernacular has given rise to some truly creative, amazing visions. The submitted proposals are simply mind-blowing and Eleven are excited to announce the winners of this truly out of this world challenge.

WINNERS: ‘Dandelion Shelter’ by Karl-Johan Sørensen & Sebastian Aristotelis Frederiksen (Denmark)

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Image © by Karl-Johan Sørensen & Sebastian Aristotelis Frederiksen

Every once in a while, great things really do come in small packages. Dandelion Shelter is an exquisitely detailed and refined design which comes to life through beautiful renders of life on Mars.

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Image © by Karl-Johan Sørensen & Sebastian Aristotelis Frederiksen

Every detail of this project has been considered and conveyed through a masterclass of how to pitch your vision in architecture. Inspired by Dandelions, this self-building ‘fluffy’ martian shelter is clad with a glowing Triboelectric Harvester which transforms electrostatic energy into power and traps Martian dust as a radiation shield.

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Image © by Karl-Johan Sørensen & Sebastian Aristotelis Frederiksen

The pod also employs an Algae Bath as a secondary radiation shield and food source for its inhabitants. Elegant, Smart and Protective: the perfect companion for a Martian adventure.

RUNNER-UP: ‘Mars H2.0’ by Aleksandar Bursac & Ivan Djikanovic (Serbia)

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Image © Aleksandar Bursac & Ivan Djikanovic

Mars H2.0 accurately emphasises our need to steadily test and push boundaries as a species.

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Image © Aleksandar Bursac & Ivan Djikanovic

Behind the enticing visualisations, the fluid design – inspired by honeycombs – promises to be a hypothesis that would be able to persist in a hostile environment such as Mars.

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Image © Aleksandar Bursac & Ivan Djikanovic

The project details a rocket ship which – upon landing – transforms itself into a vessel for habitation and a harvester of Martian water. Mars H2.0 isn’t just a dwelling, but a dynamic generator for life.

PEOPLE’S CHOICE: ‘Desert Snowflake’ by Robert Salazar, Anastasia Prosina & Svetlana Krinochkina (USA, Russia)

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Image © Robert Salazar, Anastasia Prosina & Svetlana Krinochkina

This self-erecting, ultralight, deployable Geodesic Dome takes Buckminster Fuller’s ideas into the new Millenium. Desert Snowflake, the winner of the people’s votes, is an ode to architectural origami form.

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Image © Robert Salazar, Anastasia Prosina & Svetlana Krinochkina

It showcases the value of flexible, lightweight yet highly-robust construction systems paramount for extraterrestrial colonisation. The spore-like structure has been designed with adaptability and modularity in mind, allowing for continued growth of the Martian colony in time.

HONOURABLE MENTION: ‘The Peristalsis Project’

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Image © Anastasia Prosina, Svetlana Krinochkina & Robert Salazar

Project: Anastasia Prosina, Svetlana Krinochkina & Robert Salazar (Russia, USA)

HONOURABLE MENTION: ‘Mars Paracity’

Visions of Marstopia
Image © Prerit Kaji, Arijit Sen & Jerrold Moses Ayque

Project: Prerit Kaji, Arijit Sen & Jerrold Moses Ayque (India, Philippines)

HONOURABLE MENTIONS: ‘TerraForMars’

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Image © Adam Fernandez & Lizhen Xu

Project: Adam Fernandez & Lizhen Xu (France)

HONOURABLE MENTIONS: ‘Below Freezing’

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Image © Shane Powers & Linjie Wang

Project: Shane Powers & Linjie Wang (USA, China)

HONOURABLE MENTIONS: ‘Hyperdome’

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Image © Paolo Venturella & Cosimo Scotucci

Project: Paolo Venturella & Cosimo Scotucci (Italy)

HONOURABLE MENTION: ‘Dust to Dawn’

Visions of Marstopia
Image © Milad Moghary, Yibin Yang, Ismail Seleit & Matthias Wechsler

Project: Milad Moghary, Yibin Yang, Ismail Seleit & Matthias Wechsler (Iran, China, Egypt, Germany)

HONOURABLE MENTION: ‘Kloroplast Mars’

Visions of Marstopia
Image © Roger Badia Rafart

Project: Roger Badia Rafart (Spain)

HONOURABLE MENTION: ‘To Mars’ by Chawapol Watcharasukarn & Prapatsorn Sukkaset (Thailand)

HONOURABLE MENTION: ‘Clove’

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Image © Chawapol Watcharasukarn & Prapatsorn Sukkaset

Project: Justin Jed Zumel (USA)

HONOURABLE MENTION: ‘Particle Regeneration’

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Image © Justin Jed Zumel

Project: Chi Bhatia, Joanna Maria Lesna, Bryan Rincon & Wala’ Sahloul (India, Poland, Colombia, Syria)

HONOURABLE MENTION: ‘City Crater’

Visions of Marstopia
Image © Chi Bhatia, Joanna Maria Lesna, Bryan Rincon & Wala’ Sahloul

Project: Wenyi Zhu, Qizhen Tang & Xiaohan Ding (China)

HONOURABLE MENTION: ‘Leviathan 01’

Visions of Marstopia
Image © Wenyi Zhu, Qizhen Tang & Xiaohan Ding

Project: Gleb Goncharenko & Ksenia Zabardygina (Russia)

HONOURABLE MENTION: ‘Leviathan 01’

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Image © Gleb Goncharenko & Ksenia Zabardygina

Project: Gleb Goncharenko & Ksenia Zabardygina (Russia)

HONOURABLE MENTION: ‘Colony’

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Image © Bonnie Gordon

Project: Bonnie Gordon (Australia)

HONOURABLE MENTIONS: ‘S.E.E.Ds of Mars’

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Image © Nicholas Ho & Darren Chan

Project: Nicholas Ho & Darren Chan (Hong Kong, UK)

Source and images Courtesy of Eleven.

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