Credit: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill/ESA/Inside Outer Space screengrab

A detailed concept for a lunar habitat, created by one of the world’s leading architectural firms with European Space Agency (ESA) technical support, is currently on show at the Biennale in Venice.

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, originator of many of the world’s tallest skyscrapers, worked with ESA on a semi-inflatable habitat design which could be part of a long-term vision for an international Moon settlement.

The chosen site of this four-storey semi-inflatable habitat:  the rim of Shackleton crater beside the lunar South Pole. Thanks to this proposed location, the settlement will receive near continuous daylight throughout the lunar year, enabling it to achieve self-sufficiency by harnessing sunlight for energy.

Multidisciplinary initiative

Shackleton Crater, the floor of which is permanently shadowed from the Sun, appears to be home to deposits of water ice.
Credit: NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University

“Life Beyond Earth”, a powerful new installation that brings to life Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and the European Space Agency’s concept of a Moon Village, launched last week at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia.

The Moon Village project is the result of a multidisciplinary initiative launched by ESA and was developed in collaboration with MIT AeroAstro Professor and former NASA astronaut , Jeffrey Hoffman.

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