Zero waste habitat

Zero waste habitat
Concept of a martian habitat
Exploring sustainability while imagining destruction

Arita Kingji
Field of work
Project category
Raising awareness
Project submitted

I am an architecture student and I just graduated as a bachelor of architecture at the University of Prishtina, Kosovo. Recently, I have been testing myself in different fields of architecture and what has made me more curious is the implementation of technology in art and architecture and where it can take us.

In addition to the scientific reasons for going to Mars, the alarming climate changes have forced us to explore a new place to live, hoping to enlighten people towards a sustainable future. The idea of conquering space has encouraged architects to think creatively by designing innovative living spaces and sustainable habitats.
The most durable material for building on another planet is the soil material of that planet itself. So, by means of 3d printing technology and Martian soil, I have proposed a comfortable and adaptable structure for that environment. Considering atmospheric conditions and construction technologies, the most suitable form of a Martian habitat is the dome as it is more stable regardless of the harsh atmospheric conditions.
This concept is a two-story structure with an underground basement, staying true to the shape of the dome. In order to achieve abundant and non-harmful lighting, there are several openings where the sun rays do not fall directly, since there is too much radiation. The ground floor consists of living spaces, dining room with kitchen, storage room and a toilet. On the other part of the same dome, there is the laboratory, which is completely isolated from the other spaces and illuminated by a large opening on the highest part of the building. The first floor contains recreational areas such as a fitness room, living space, etc. The bedrooms are in the basement, which lacks lighting due to safety reasons. Connected to the main dome is the greenhouse where people will spend a large amount of their day, in addition to that most of the food will be grown there during their stay on Mars.