Moontopia is Eleven’s first competition based on the Moon: the first in a series of challenges on the subject of Space-Architecture, a contemporary topic which is increasingly gaining attention as a design field to watch. In a space of a few years, this niche is quickly establishing itself as an area of design bound to become hot-property in the perhaps not so far future; shifting steadily from the realm of sci-fi to a very foreseeable reality. Whereas a few years ago the idea of humans actually exploring planets seemed like a mere dream, today talks of mankind becoming an inter-planetary species is seen as a feasible proposition.

In this spirit of a renewed space-age of the new millennium, a few months ago, Eleven asked thinkers, students, professionals, architects, designers, artists, academics, scientists 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…

What started as a far-fetched challenge turned into one of the most interesting and successful competitions Eleven has done to date. We received hundreds of people entering from all over the world and every continent. Some were students others professionals, some participated in teams others as individuals, but all of them stepped up to the challenge and submitted some pretty amazing conceptual Moontopias of all shapes, sizes and scopes. Regardless of the project, they all shared two things which Eleven is a big fan of: creativity and passion.

All of the designs we received made this competition a treat to be involved in, and earned Moontopia a 7th place in Bustler’s ‘Top-10 Best Competitions of 2016’ (making it the second year in a row that one of our competitions have made it to Bustler’s top-ranks).

Today, we are pleased and excited to announce the entries which were awarded with both jury-selected prizes and the winner of the people’s choice award. We hope you enjoy them and leave you dreaming for the Moon.


by Monika Lipinska, Laura Nadine Olivier and Inci Lize Ogun

A medium-scale lunar colony, Test Lab invasions a base point in the frontline of space exploration and Lunar colonisation. Beautifully presented in their sheets, this winning team have developed a design which acts as an initial base on the Moon to conduct further testing on our satellite. The architecture can be allowed to grow and construct itself through a method of 3D printed self-assembly, gradually colonising the Moon over time. The most important structure of the Test Lab is the outer membrane. Based on a simple origami pattern and made of programmed carbon fibre, it has the ability to shape itself once it senses pressure variation with the first solar wind.

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by Sergio Bianchi, Jonghak Kim, Simone Fracasso, Alejandro Jorge Velazco Ramirez

For the runner-up team, it was important that the Moon kept a significant meaning for us here on Earth. This is why they decided to base their Moontopia in the lunar orbit rather than on the surface of the Moon itself. A space elevator links the man-made space-city with our beloved natural satellite: a sensitive and elegant solution which mixes poetry with science-fiction.

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by Alessandro Giorgi, Cai Feng, Siyuan PanEsteban Analuiza
[PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD – Voted on online by the general public]

The general public’s favourite entry is designed as a unique form. According to a so-called aggregation system Weair-Phelan structure, it gives shape to an expandable landscape which could accommodate Moon dwellers in relatively economical, sustainable and simple solutions. Modular in nature, Modulpia could grow organically in time and, by employ bioregenerative strategies, it would be able to provide its own food, plants (for CO2 removal and oxygen production), and generate drinkable water from gray water.

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by Sean Thomas Allen

The fantastic graphics of this entry are equally matched by the extensive research which has given birth to its design. In its form alone, Platinum City is a fantasy-driven utopia. In its research, it is a new extraterrestrial urban model based on cutting-edge science and technology available to us today. Could this be a vision of what mankind living on the Moon at a large-scale could actually look like?

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by Ryan Tung Wai Yin, Ho Wing Tsit Teresina, Joshua Ho

There is clearly a lot of passion, thought and work behind this beautiful design. What makes this proposal so interesting is its phasing. In Upside Down, the design team set out a plan for inter-planetary exploration and subsequent colonisation. Their real objective: Mars! The Moon is cleverly used to gather experience and resources… a sort of test-training site for a bigger galactic goal.

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by Prapatsorn Sukkaset, Saran Chamroonkul

Womb is an idea. A utopia. A retreat. But one which we can all buy into from time to time. In this design, the Moon becomes an almost ego-less meditation ground. An escape from the hustle and bustle of every day life on Earth which drowns our senses and generates stress. In Womb, the Moon becomes a place of contemplation, where mankind can seek solace for deeper meanings in human consciousness. And for those times when meditation and contemplation is all but a little too much, then WOMB provides a space-motel catering for the perhaps more ‘animalistic’ human needs.

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by Yiling Chu, Yao Ding, Yan-Fei Jiang, Hui Tian

If pioneering 19th and early 20th century town planners (think Ebenezer Howard’s Garden Cities for example) would have been catapulted to the contemporary time and asked to design their ideal city on the Moon, they would have designed this wonderful entry. Placed in a natural crater and given an atmosphere of its own thanks to a see-through canopy (called a Solar Dome), this Moontopia is a fully functional city designed to bring a bit of earthly comforts to the Moon.

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by Edward Chew

Lunar Oasis is a system of colonising barren and hostile territories such as the Moon. It is not built with the aim of establishing a static perfection, but rather designed to allow for natural processes to evolve in time. Thanks to an emphasis on greenery and vegetation, Lunar Oasis is a biophilic sanctuary that reconnects lunar inhabitants back with Earthly nature and provides an alternative to the outside world of barren moonscape. In doing so, the oasis becomes a life-support for human life on the Moon.

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by Stephanie Stiers

In scale, the Aerosphere is a tiny shelter, the smallest of all of the Moontopias submitted through this competition. In concept, however, it is huge! This interpretation of Moontopia focuses on Space Tourism. It designs a one-person transportable pod-suit which acts as a life-support and companion for its user adapting and catering to his or her every need. With the Aerosphere, you become a lunar explorer, allowed to explore our satellite through a series of tourists routes set out on the Moon. Can’t you just imagine the likes of Richard Branson producing these fun little suites for his space tourists in a few years time?

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moon2016_image_with_awardJUST THE BEGINNING…
In this article, we have shown you nine visions of Moontopia based on the nine awarded entries of the competition. But that’s not all! There are many more Moontopias to discover. Click here to view them all.