In 2030, the discovery of several liveable exoplanets led humans to imagine a new future for the planet Mars which remains hostile to them without major transformation. Following their fascination and endless curiosity for this mythical planet, the Earthlings decide to send the only settlers capable of surviving Mars: the artificial intelligences. Created by the Homo sapiens, these humanoids, who enjoy full human status (by decree), are designed to withstand extreme temperatures and have almost no physical needs. Under their government, Mars becomes a space-open planet-laboratory and data becomes the main fabric of its new intelligent architecture.
The settlers leave Earth in space shuttles. Once on their Mars, these shuttles simultaneously deploy their tunnel boring machine and 3D printer: the tower is hollowed out and erected at the same time. Its underground portion is a laboratory that analyzes the composition of the planet and its evolution while its aerial portion is an ever higher antenna designed to receive and send communication waves throughout the universe.
Initially machines, these towers become buildings as the discovery of Mars progresses and its civilization is defined.
Free from the physical needs of humans, the Martian tower is a minimalist combination of three elements: columns, ramp and walls.
Associated with information and work. Each tower has three columns, all 3D printed from Martian soil.
Associated with the movement. Three smooth ramps, printed around the three columns, allow a perpetual vertical movement inside the tower. Acting as roofs and floors at the same time, they rely the interior and exterior walls.
Ensure human/building interactions. Two types of walls define the spaces of the tower: the interior walls and the exterior walls.
The walls of the columns are printed in 3D from Martian soil. Their composition takes advantage of the conductive ferrous soil of Mars and is enhanced by optical microfiber strands set up by the Martian colonists. Their homogeneous appearance witness the raw information they store: without intelligent intervention to extract the data, they remain as mysterious as the red dusty planet itself. A tactile contact between the Martians and the interior walls allows them to mine the data and use the tower’s spatial communication capabilities.
The life of the settlers is a back and forth relation between work and art (interior / exterior wall). Although they no longer share the biological needs of their ancestors, Martians retain an unconditional love for art and creation. These passions find material to flourish in the exterior walls which face the Martian landscapes appreciated by settlers for all the artistic thoughts they evocate .Those story-walls can be written, sculpted, sometimes printed as civilization defines itself: Martian architecture is about the artistic distillation of a planet by its inhabitants.