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Maria-Hydra

 

Spring 2016
Housing Competition
Independent
Buffalo,NY

Prefix:
Maria – short for “Sea of the Moon” are large basaltic plains on the Moon, formed by ancient volcanic eruptions, these lands often contain Sub-surfaced lava tubes which may be as wide as 500 meters. 

Suffix:
Hydra – a mythical creature with many heads, and each head can be branched out fractally.

The Tone
The project is designed to re-think building technology in extraterrestrial environments. How can technology learn with nature?  How in situ robots can help to design the space to become more self-sustainable; and above all, safer for humans?  

Call to Action
Moon is considered in a vacuum, making it bombarded by micrometeorites and solar radiation. Maria-Hydra is an adaptive/ metabolic moon base situated along the sub-surfaced lunar tubes. With one main bunker and a few greenhouse pavilions sealing and pressurizing the pit holes, it forms a network of mechanical, energy and eco system feeding the sub-surfaced tunnel.  Pre-fabricated inflatable modules can start to branch itself within these pre-existing tubes, featuring different programs for both researchers and visitors; while protecting them from exposure to moon hazards.

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