To encourage design thinking for the next stage of space exploration (and potential settlement), NASA hosted the 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge—tasking designers with imagining plans for homes on Mars. Every entry carried a distinct futurism and descriptions of the functionality within but winner Mars Ice House proposed something extraordinary—a 3D-printed dual layer ice dome. From Team Space Exploration Architecture and Clouds Architecture Office in New York, the Mars Ice House protects against compromising radiation but allows natural light in so residents could sync to the daytime cycle of the planet. Check out more entries in the slideshow at Cool Material.
NASA Selects Housing Designs for Mars