MOONTOPIA

An out of this world challenge...

In 1969, the space race peaked with the success of the Apollo 11 mission bringing the first man to walk on the moon.

Today, nearly half a century later, new technological advances and a renewed desire to explore space are igniting a new race. This time, however, we are tired of just walking.

We want to inhabit! But how?

This was the premise of MOONTOPIA, Eleven's first international ideas and design competition on space architecture.

For this challenge, we asked thinkers, architects, designers, artists, academics and visionaries from around the world to imagine innovative solutions for Moontopia - the first ever self-sufficient lunar colony designed for living, working, researching and - why not - a little space tourism too...


An Award-Winning Challenge: Moontopia is an award-winning international competition which arrived in 7th place in Bustler's 'Top-10 Best Competitions of 2016'. It has been widely published around the world, including in leading magazines like ArchdailyDezeenDesignboom, the AJ and the Architecture Review.


winner

Lunar Test Lab

Monika Lipinska, Laura Nadine Olivier & Inci Lize Ogun
(Poland / Germany / Italy-Turkey)

Testlab is the future of lunar living and space exploration. The concept of the lunar Testlab is simple – gradually populate the moon over time. This will happen in the space of several years, beginning with a simple, singular settlement at its commencement that will be solely inhabited by a set number of astronauts. As the settlement begins to evolve and grow over time, more people will be able to inhabit the settlement. As the Testlab becomes autonomous and more established, ordinary people, like you and me, will be able to travel to the moon and participate in the growth…

runner up

MOMENTUM VIRIUM in L1

Sergio Bianchi, Jonghak Kim, Simone Fracasso & Alejandro Jorge Velazco Ramirez
(Italy / South Korea / Peru)

The moon has abundant resources on the moon could be investigated and exploited. It is nonetheless important that the moon itself has always had a significant meaning to us, and therefore its original state must be highly respected and preserved as much as possible. Creating a livable space on the surface of the moon would require substantial amount of drastic changes which are time consuming, inefficient and therefore irrational. It is therefore we propose a space station not built directly on the surface but orbiting around the moon with a cable linked to the surface, a station that makes possible…


Honourable Mentions:

Platinum City

Sean Thomas Allen
(UK)

Inhabitants: 3000 permanent ‘post-human moon citizens’. Size: Currently spanning 7km from the city to the space elevator port and growing. Awaiting teraforming landscape update and expansion of the drone membrane artificial atmosphere. Details: Born at the advent of the worlds first post-human industry of asteroid mining, sat proudly upon the moons equator in the depths of a magnificent asteroid crater lies Platinum City. The worlds first self-sufficient lunar colony is a city fathomed as an organic computer, with its grandiose, drone crafted asteroid regolith architectures engorged on wet technologies and anchored to the platinum rich Rosetta Asteroid by a fragile…

Upside Down

Ryan Tung Wai Yin, Ho Wing Tsit Teresina & Joshua Ho
(Hong Kong)

The scarcity of habitation on Earth has pushed humans towards the skies. It would be an eventuality that we would break beyond the confines of our own atmosphere in search of new resources. Settlement on the moon may well be an answer to the countdown towards Earth’s final breath. Architecture may bring us to places of multiple planes, multiple dimensions and multiple worlds. The moon itself contains no delight for anyone to actually live there without massive intervention. Though in the end, it is but a stepping stone towards the ultimate destination of Mars. Stage 1: Rebirth Initial research teams…

Looking through the Moon

Yiling Chu, Yao Ding, Yan-Fei Jiang & Hui Tian
(China)

The surface of moon is filled with thousands of craters, with diameters ranging from a few km to a few hundreds km. These craters provide natural base as well as protections for the buildings. Particularly the craters near the South Pole, will receive almost uninterrupted solar radiation at the surface and have small temperature fluctuations. It is also believed that water exists in some of the craters in the South Pole, which is crucial for the living of people. The protective cover for each crater with parabolic shape will also serve as telescopes to observe the university. They can reach…

WOMB

Prapatsorn Sukkaset & Saran Chamroonkul
(Thailand)

Due to this tiresome world, we are now living in; some seek for sanctuary, or probably an escape from oneself, and the gruesome state of mind that one tries to escape, the boredom that can’t be cured. Here, our Moontopia invites all these suffering individuals for an escape from oneself. Moontopia would like to bring you back to where it all begins. We stand upon the concept of total emptiness, a form of environment which somehow does not take you back to the beginning of how things were formed but on how things exists but has none the less meaning…

The Aerosphere

Stephanie Stiers
(Canada)

The Moon is Earth’s only natural satellite. It is where humans took our first interplanetary steps and it now stands as a piece of our history. Though the moon is conveniently close to the Earth, the moon is not currently equipped to handle long term human habitation. As humanity continues to investigate the potential for permanent colonization on other worlds in our solar system, the Aerosphere is designed to allow short term trips for the average Earthling to escape daily stress and to experience all the views and activities the Moon has to offer. The suggested temporary solitary living provides…

LUNAR OASIS: Where Space Becomes Place

Edward Chew
(Malaysia)

This proposal is based on a hypothetical scenario that takes place 140 years after man’s first landing on the Moon. This period marks the beginning of the third wave of human colonization and the dawn of the Spacefaring Age. As is often the case in any human settlement, growth and expansion would ensue with time once the basic functional provision of shelter is met. Subsequently, the psychological and physiological aspects of people’s well-being in relation to the built environment would eventually take priority. The Year 2110: The Making of Lunar Oasis After decades of mining and living in a sterile…


people's choice

Modulpia

Alessandro Giorgi, Cai Feng, Siyuan Pan & Esteban Analuiza
(Italy / China / Ecuador)

Our proposal is based on a simple, economical and sustainable system of settlement on the moon. We have designed a unique form which, according to a so-called aggregation system Weair-Phelan structure, gives shape to an organic landscape which will accommodate future residents. The Weaire-Phelan foam consists of dodecahedrons wonky with pentagonal faces and tetradecahedrons with two hexagonal and 12 pentagonal faces. The structure based on this unique geometry would be highly repetitive and constructible while it looks very organic and random. This system allows us to build a modular system, simple but at the same time functional with the minimum…



Jury:

Andrea Verenini

Founder, Eleven Magazine

Andrea Verenini

Founder, Eleven Magazine

ASPECT Studios

Winners of Eleven's 'San Francisco 2016' Competition

ASPECT Studios

Winners of Eleven's 'San Francisco 2016' Competition

Alberto Villanueva Galindo

Founder, IDEA Architecture Office

Alberto Villanueva Galindo

Founder, IDEA Architecture Office

BFI

Buckminster Fuller Institute

BFI

Buckminster Fuller Institute

Brent Sherwood

Space Architect & Program Manager, NASA

Brent Sherwood

Space Architect & Program Manager, NASA

Christina Ciardullo

Space Architect & Academic, Carnegie Mellon University

Christina Ciardullo

Space Architect & Academic, Carnegie Mellon University

Kriss J. Kennedy

Space Architect, NASA

Kriss J. Kennedy

Space Architect, NASA