30 Sep '15, 1pm

NASA crowns the 3D-printed space igloo as the most livable habitat for Mars

Unlike the majority of entrants that primarily used regolith, the layer of loose rocky material on the planet’s surface, SEArch and Clouds AO chose to harness a different abundant resource on Mars: water, in the form of ice. “ICE HOUSE is born from the imperative to bring light and a connection to the outdoors into the vocabulary of Martian architecture — to create protected space in which the mind and body will not just survive, but thrive,” write the designers in a project statement. Made up of a series of nested domes, the ice shell also stands out from its competition because of its transparency and location above ground, which helps to create a livable environment that connects the crew with their surroundings.

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