Visitors + Residents:
Strobilus is intended as a hub of lunar human colonization that offers short-term habitation for recreational visitation and long-term residency for scientific analysis. The priority of Strobilus’ design is to also provide an immersive experience for short-term visitations. Strobilus’ modularity and flexible infrastructure provides a seamless interface for visitors along with providing opportunity for long-term expansion over time in hopes of establishing a permanent colony.
When humankind can achieve lunar habitation, conflicts of our terrestrial conditions back on earth will become trivial. The human race can align our motivations towards the future and begin to utilize whatever is left of our precious natural resources to pull all nations and people up from the depths of today’s conflicts. The people who look up from Strobilus and can perceivably hold the earth in the palm of their hand, will return and become responsible stewards of our earthly resources.
Along with members from the scientific community, a visit to Strobilus would prove beneficial for leaders of nations and prominent regional bodies of government. Strobilus would serve as a politically-neutral embassy for global negotiations and would smooth conflict by providing perspective to these diplomats. Once removed from their own national boundaries at Strobilus, these leaders would be immersed in the reality that all humankind are unified on planet earth and thus human life is precious in the context of their diplomatic conversations.
Form + Tectonics:
The design concept behind Strobilus is to dissect the tectonics of a typical coniferous pine cone. The form has a vertical circulatory space with pods or “seeds” radiating around it in a vertical direction. These seeds are modular in a way that allows them to fold tightly for transportation or extend horizontally to open once on the lunar surface and unfasten from the axis to fall to the ground plane.
Along the ground, pods would lock into a magnetic interface at pre-determined locations. Using strong magnetic properties, this subterranean footprint would allow the pods to “touch down” gently and remain in a soft simulated gravitational pull with the surface, but still be able to flux when moon quakes take place. This design is low-impact, allows for continuous change-out of pods, and does not require invasive construction besides establishing the original footprint of the magnets and backfilling the infrastructure with moon regolith for stability and insulation from radiation.
Connecting each of the vertical spires would be the lengths of conduit bundled into one path on the surface and backfilled with lunar regolith for insulation. As the outpost develops, these paths would become habitable networks, creating zones within each node. As pods spread out further away from the center, new spires would intentionally touch down above dense cluster of pods outside of the original zone.
Overtime between spires, a network of sky bridges would connect living spaces to negate the need to exit and re-enter the structures from the exterior. This would drastically cut down on hazardous regolith from entering the living spaces.