Cliff colony - Mars


What are the minimum requirements for sustainable living on Mars? Starting from pre-established knowledge on the physical and engineering requirements of space habitation, this project further explores the design of stimulating environments for physical and mental well-being, to ensure that the human inhabitants of our architecture need not just survive. They must thrive.

cliff colony render


By mapping the surface of Mars, we identified Apollinaris Sulci as the site of the settlement, based on five essential criteria: 1. Water availability 2. Below Datum 3. Equatorial 4. In situ resources 5. Landscape/Geological feature 6. Aesthetic quality.

Map of Mars showing areas of interest

Map of Apollinaris Sulci with the choosen Yardang cliff



The construction principle behind the cliff colony is three phased: 1. Autonomous robots carve out the void. 2. 3D Printing rovers print structures using the carved regolith. 3. Humans inhabit the space and construct a bamboo farm.

Elevation of the cliff

Elevation of the cliff

Section of first void

Section of second void


Excavation model

A model of the site in 1:00 was cast in plaster using a mold made of 40 3D printed segments.

Model small.jpg
Plan techy v1 small.jpg