3D Printed Igloo Wins Mars Habitat Design Contest

The 3D Printed Mars Habitat Design Contest Reveals Stunning Designs

Mars has been in the news quite a bit lately.  Just last week, NASA confirmed that water can 'flow' naturally, followed by the release of the move The Martian.

Now -- the winner of the 3D Printed Habitat Design Challenge, a design contest sponsored by NASA and America Works has been announced.

The Challenge sought innovative designs for a  four-person Mars habitat design 3D printed from materials local to Mars. 

​New York studios SEArch (Space Exploration Architecture) and Clouds AO (Clouds Architecture Office) took home the top prize for their igloo-like design, beating out some incredible designs and ideas.

  • Ice House
  • Vertical Design
  • ETFE WIndows
  • Nested Design
  • Level 1
  • Oxygen Gardens
  • Level 2
  • Level 3
  • Crew Spaces
  • Level 4
  • Robotic Construction

​Between the lander core and the ICE HOUSE interior is a vertical hydroponic garden -- the hab's ‘park’ as the designers call it.

While supplementing the crew’s food and oxygen, the gardens also enable the growth of experimental crops. In addition, vertically orienting the gardens will give the crew contact with natural plant life wherever they go inside the habitat -- a benefit to both their physical and mental well-being.


Greenhouse Credit: Search and Clouds AO

Want to see the other designs? You can find  the top 30 designs here...​

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