BIG has partnered with ICON, the developer of advanced construction technologies and SEArch + (Space Exploration Architecture) to envision humanity’s otherworldly home. Wants to develop cooperation, working with NASA “Space-based manufacturing system that can support the exploration of the Moon in the future“.
Robot, software, and building materials, and SEArch +, a startup developing human assisted design concepts for space exploration, project Olympus in collaboration with ICON, the developer of advanced construction technologies advancing humanity, including BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group Will be in charge of designing. . The NASA-funded venture, through the Artemis program, aims to generate the first fabrication system to support the future exploration of this satellite, with the Earth being the site for a permanent search-for Earth’s first surface.
In fact, Project Olympus “A permanent lunar habitat that will be the first human field in additional terrestrial construction with strong structures that provide better thermal, radiation, and micrometer protection than metal or inflatable habitats“. To make humanity a civilization of space, the project explores all the necessary components, from landing pads to housing.
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To explain the power of architecture, “formgiving” is the Danish word for design, which literally means giving form that has not yet been given shape. This becomes fundamentally clear when we venture beyond the earth and begin to imagine how we are to build and live on an entirely new world. With ICON we are on a new front – physically, technically and environmentally. The answer to our challenges on Earth can very well be found on the Moon. – Bjarke Ingels, Founder and Creative Director, BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group.
BIG’s second project in outer space after Mars Science City, like its predecessor, Project Olympus, will build 8 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations related to the environment. On the other hand, ICON demonstrated during NASA’s 3D Printed Habitat Challenge in 2018, building on the technology, ICON, in partnership with NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, to design prototype elements for a possible future, Will help develop and demonstrate – scale additive construction system that can print infrastructure on the Moon ”. SEArch +, globally recognized for innovative ‘human-centric’ designs for space exploration, is more than a decade old with NASA’s Johnson Space Center Human Habitability Division, Langley Research Center, AIIMS Research Center, and major aerospace corporations Is the relation.
Based on our experience with BIG’s Mars Science City, we are working to develop the first permanent structure for hostile lunar environments on the Moon, where payload transport costs require drastic efficiency. We have discovered various building forms ideal for dealing with atmospheric pressure and adapted for protection from cosmic and solar radiation. The habitat will be designed with the inherent redundancy required for supernatural buildings, while using groundbreaking robot construction that is left behind with only zero-waste resources. With the technologies and efficiency parameters developed for the construction of supernatural buildings, Project Olympus will also help us build continuously on planet Earth as we strive to reduce the carbon footprint of the built environment. – Martin Voelkle, Partner, BIG.
- Type: Commission
- Size: 195.5m2
- Location: Moon
- Customer: ICON
- Collaborators: NASA, SEArch +
Large BJARKE ING Group
- Partner-in-charge: Bjarke Ingels, Martin Voelkle
- Project Leader: Julian Ocampo
- Team: Sikki Zhang, Rasam Aminzadeh, Jenna Dezinski, Fabian Lorenz, Gilliam Ivain, Jacob Lange