Animation created for Mars Dune Alpha

We are elated to introduce our latest animation, which we created for a cross-disciplinary collaboration that contributes to extraterrestrial research. Architecture studio BIG and advanced construction technologies company ICON have aligned to establish a 3D-printed structure for NASA that simulates Martian circumstances on Earth. The animation aims to illustrate the habitat that will simulate a realistic Mars habitat to support long-duration exploration-class space missions.

The Red Planet

The rust-toned planet has aroused humanity’s curiosity for many years. While space probes and rovers have supplied a wealth of information about Mars, technological developments, such as additive manufacturing and automated systems accelerate these discoveries. We might not even have to wait too long for the first humans to land on the Red Planet – NASA’s ambition is to fulfill this objective by 2030.

Several design competitions and investigations have been launched in the wake of these developments, involving design thinkers and architecture studios in the discourse. From manufacturing resilient building materials to designing entire 3D printed habitats and self-sustaining villages, research has skyrocketed lately to enable a crewed landing on Mars.


Mars Dune Alpha

ICON has also collaborated with BIG on “Project Olympus” with the goal to research and develop a space-based construction system for further exploration of the Moon and imagine humanity’s first home on another world. Now, they have united their expertise once again to design and build Mars Dune Alpha. The new project takes place on Earth with the intention of preparing humans for future long-duration missions to Mars. The two companies designed the innovative structure containing both living and working units, that replicate the conditions of the targeted planet – temperatures, gravity, and atmospheric pressure, among others. The material of the habitat is a reference to that of Mars while the form was inspired by the dunes of the Red Planet.

Our latest mission

Through creating the animation for the project, our team pushed the frontiers of the framework we regularly operate in. Not only did we illustrate the interiors and exteriors in question, but we also placed a special emphasis on communicating the mission and setting a call to action to explore Mars. The heightened emotional appeal is perhaps what sets this animation apart from our other works – the feeling of adrenaline-pumping heroism that space exploration sparks.

A special thanks to ICON and BIG for involving us in such a stellar project!

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