Mars Ice Home

Clouds Architecture Office and SEArch conceived an inflatable structure that incorporates in situ resources and uses ice as radiation shielding and as a structural component.

Clouds Architecture Office, Mars Ice Home, 2016
Clouds AO and SEArch worked with NASA Langley Research Center and a team of experts to develop a concept design and feasibility study for Mars Ice Home, a deployable Mars habitat concept based on an inflatable structure that incorporates in situ resource utilization derived water ice as radiation shielding and as a structural component.
Clouds Architecture Office and SEArch, Mars Ice Home, 2016
Clouds Architecture Office and SEArch, Mars Ice Home, 2016
It also provides a large, flexible, and cost effective workspace that can be used for many of the key activities that will be critical for the long term success of a human outpost on Mars. Long term stays on the Martian surface require habitats that reduce launch mass and cost while providing an effective working environment with a high level of shielding from galactic cosmic rays for mission crew members.
Clouds Architecture Office, Mars Ice Home, 2016
Clouds Architecture Office and SEArch, Mars Ice Home, 2016
Translucent ice is the key design element: it allows natural light to permeate the habitat interior keeping occupants connected to diurnal cycles which affect human bio-rhythms; transparent windows allow views out to the surrounding landscape, which is important for mental well-being and crew functionality; ice is an effective radiation shield, the cross section is tapered to provide most ice above since this is the direction with strongest incoming radiation.

Mars Ice Home
Design:  Clouds Architecture Office  (Ostap Rudakevych, Masayuki Sono, Yuko Sono, Jeffrey Montes), NASA (Langley Research Center), SEArch
Year: 2016

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