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MSc. Arch. Alan Rodríguez Carrillo

MSc. Arch. Alan Rodríguez Carrillo

Beijing, CN

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Mars Eden - Main exterior view
Mars Eden - Main exterior view
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Mars Eden

First Human Colony on Mars

KLAF International Architecture Competition

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Finalist Shortlisted Entry

https://www.klaf.my/result/

Mars Eden was conceptualized from a hexagon because it gives a sequence provided for an ordered and controlled growth from the requested premise of the number of initial inhabitants for the colony. In each of its final vertices, a living and research space was proposed for a couple where these houses share, respond and have access to the main core, the hexagon.

For the modulation distance, the area and the size of these hexagons the proportion of the so-called "metallic numbers" was used. The use of this proportion with the hexagonal geometry allowed us to generate an expansion of the colony in a sequential, orderly and above all functional way. The expansion consists in that the first hexagonal core can join and respond to a larger core and that from its vertices more colonies are annexed and at the moment of following the expansion that "primary" core becomes "secondary" giving entrance to a much larger one thus generating an entire expansion system. As such, speaking of hard data, the system consists of the main nucleus that branches into five secondary nuclei and in each of these five, there are branched out five living clusters, wherein each of these going to host a couple of people, resulting in a colony of fifty people.

A general geometry was proposed, based on the hexagonal grid, to be conceptualized as a whole. Through this, the result obtained was a fluid and elastic geometry thinking as a primary structure that branches off. For its construction, it is thought to send a ship that contains spherical drones that at the moment of arriving at the Elysium Plain, they settle in strategic places and at the moment they reach their location robotic arms comes out from the inside and start to build the main structure of the proposed geometry with the help of other smaller drones, using the land of Mars and a liquid polymer brought from the Earth as material.

At the boundaries of the geometry the living clusters are located, where each one has basic services, food preparation, and research area; continuing to the center is the nucleus where the living clusters converge, and their use is designated for the cultivation and processing of food. Already as part of the expansion, the next nucleus that will become a larger green area that works by generating oxygen and has control points for transportation. At the center, a larger nucleus is proposed, the main Eden, where apart from being a green lung for the whole system, it has all the services for public use such as libraries, schools, health centers, main headquarters, and transport centers, as well as areas for leisure, entertainment, and exercise. Also, this Eden, thinking for the future, has the characteristic to be able to function as an element that can be connected to other future colonies to give rise to the first city on Mars.

A new transportation system is proposed that consists of spherical glass capsules where their external structure can rotate, moving without affecting their interior, and likewise the interior can rotate in its own vertical axis without affecting the displacement of the capsule. The movement of the capsules within the system is a radial route that covers all the geometry and has control stations allowing entrance and exit of the main system. A space exploration and researching center was also proposed because the capsules have the characteristics to leave the system and travel outside the red planet for research purposes, however, as a safety measure, each of the capsules have in their back with health team in case of human health emergencies and safety tools for natural disasters events.

The short-term plan is to have a core oxygen generator, where five secondary cores of food, are annexed into it, and from that secondary nuclei five living spaces are branched out for the first fifty people. At the same time of completing the short-term objectives, the drones will continue building the next phase of the system to make way for a larger core, which would be the medium-term goal, where this new core is an oxygen generator and transport points are implemented throughout the system because the scale of this is increasing, all with the aim of continuing the expansion. As a long-term goal we have the next phase of expansion, which would be the core of Eden, where all public services are located, and generate a city environment with a large green lung that generates oxygen for the entire system and with the characteristic that this nucleus can join in the future to other colonies to continue the expansion.

The architectural aesthetics and constructive methods of this system allows to generate a pleasant, fluid, comfortable and above all functional space, where each core of the system has its own characteristics and generates its own environment but always in correlation and in coexistence with other nuclei, all responding and working together generating an orderly and sequential system to achieve the future of a large city on Mars.

It is difficult to imagine how a whole habitable system could be generated for the human being on another planet, not having a historical record of this, however the way to carry this out is to propose, thinking out of the box about the next step for humanity, a concept becoming reality, without losing sight of the fact that this initiative to live off Earth is getting closer and closer to what we expect. Let’s be prepared for the unknown…

 
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Status: Competition Entry
Location: Mars Planet
My Role: Concept + Idea + Parametric Modelling + 2D Graphic Representation
Additional Credits: Arch. Guillermo Rage Musi
Arch. Roberto Athie Chara

 
3D Printing - Construction strategy
3D Printing - Construction strategy
Main living and research module´s components
Main living and research module´s components
Main Geometry Generation System
Main Geometry Generation System
Expansion criteria
Expansion criteria
Main based on Earth transporation to Mars system
Main based on Earth transporation to Mars system
3D liquid polymers printed on site by Robots and Flying robots
3D liquid polymers printed on site by Robots and Flying robots
3D clading detailed components
3D clading detailed components
Living + Researching module - Interior view
Living + Researching module - Interior view
Transportation capsules + flows inside the Eden
Transportation capsules + flows inside the Eden
Main transportation capsules based system - interior view
Main transportation capsules based system - interior view
Mars Eden - Interior view
Mars Eden - Interior view