When architect Sebastian Aristotelis arrived in Greenland late last year, he built a tent for his masterpiece. The founder of the Copenhagen-based practice Saga developed a design inspired by origami, which he describes as “black pineapple instead of ice”. He had to spend two months living with his colleague Karl-Johan Sorensen for trying out the odds.
This was not just a metaphor for a fan of the game, however, but for another world: Aristotelis was one of the greatest astronomers on earth and this was a comedy house on the Moon and beyond.
Billions chasing the Frontier such as SpaceX’s Elon Musk or Jeff Bezos with Blue Origin have also sparked interest in work that has ceased to be favored since NASA’s glorious days, when the Cold War began with a representative in the coldest of climates. Much interest is now being paid to making rockets and shuttles more stable, cheaper and more profitable for these unique companies.
What about the permanent structures they are predicting? Whether the hotels are located around the globe like the Orbital Assembly’s Voyager Station for 280 guests, planned to open in 2027, or controlled by Mars? Now there are such construction courses – the University of Houston offers an MSc in space engineering, for example – but only a handful of people follow.
Aristotelis is one of them, and his tent is adorned with a collection of these materials. Greenland temperatures sometimes -50C may not drop to the depth of the earth but provide a very close-up view of the Earth. Such conditions are critical to the seams of the house, which requires materials that are flexible even in extreme cold.
The unexpected approach came from the ice cream factory, where the materials used to make shipping belts, nylon rubber, could be modified according to its needs.
Growing up in central Copenhagen, Aristotelis studied architecture in college but always had an eye for stars. He said: “I tried to tell people that I wanted to be an astronomer, and they were doing very well, but I could see in their heads that they thought this person was crazy. “Every job at the university, I always try to make a place.”
He requested that his urban planning work be centered on the future site of Mars, but was rejected because there was no specific location for data collection. Undeterred, Aristotelis found a desert in Jordan that took over the red soil of Mars, took a sleeping bag and a tent, and stayed there for two weeks to test the exploration work. He said: “I did very well.
He later studied at the International Space University in his camp in Delft three years ago. He states: “I took up 70 percent of my knowledge of the universe in nine weeks.
The trip to Greenland last year was the culmination of an 18-month fundraiser, many of which were packed. Its Arctic landscape imitates space for reasons other than extreme cold, he explains: isolation and unpleasant terrain, e.g.
Potential risks were also significant. “You can’t take stress – it’s a physical phenomenon,” says Aristotelis. “As the hormones grow, you can make bad choices.”
The Arctic Ocean is very dark, as is the atmosphere, and such areas are a source of concern to the human body. The roof of the Saga tent was equipped with illumination tools that mimic the rising and setting of the sun.
“We did not need to take sleeping pills, and we did not waste any time – we woke up with a beautiful sunrise, and we went to make breakfast, make a cup of coffee,” says Aristotelis. There are also similar technologies here on Earth, especially in cities with small populations and small, light rooms. Globalization is another way to make money, says Aristotelis.
“This journey is like a pearl necklace, where each pearl is a little more successful – all visions are crazy, you need some of them.”
Brent Sherwood would not have been largely ignored by his vision. Sherwood is vice president of senior programs at Blue Origin, a company founded by Bezos, which, in October, announced plans for Orbital Reef, a commercial space that will include accommodation.
He has been working in the field since the 1980s and helped establish an aerospace committee at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He repaired it From Earth: The New Field of Space Architecture, published in 2009. Brent calls Aristotelis a talent. “She is crazy. He is very dedicated and creative. ”
Sherwood adds that many of the ideas that are presented in the mid-planet growth may not work – consider the crystalline structures used to create the design from. Doctor Himself until the 1970s TV program Year: 1999. He also noted that the vacuum atmosphere causes such places to act as high-speed balloons, and the magnificent greenhouses may collapse. Their appearance is compromised, because the only obvious way to protect people from the harmful radiation that extends beyond Earth’s atmosphere is through mass.
Moon houses, for example, should be protected by sturdy walls and not stained glass windows. “It does not mean troglodytic life – you can make it less oppressive. Think of the Gothic Church, which is usually rocky but with high glass.”
Moon and Mars buildings can use the same technology, but most of the products have to be installed locally. Atmospheric differences are one reason, but the different types of dust in those lands are much stronger. The moon’s dust is painful and can cause silicosis when it reaches the lungs; The danger of Mars dust is the amount of dangerous perhlorates.
“The atmosphere, no matter what the weather is like, and what the dust is like, will make construction in various places unique,” says Sherwood.
However, the successful construction of a site is not limited to solving technical problems like this. Dr Sheryl Bishop is a psychologist looking at how the universe thinks and feels. He participated in experiments similar to those of Saga’s Aristotelis in Greenland, as well as in the study of space mission.
Early rocket launches did not include windows because engineers considered them unnecessary, he says; it was when the astronauts argued that they wanted to look down on Earth that they were defeated. On long distances such windows do not work when our eyes have difficulty seeing clearly. Well instead, Bishop suggests, that the inside of the rocket be covered with digital paper instead of windows that can provide encouragement at pushing a button; The same is true of a house built on an empty planet.
They also have ideas for internal design, explaining that people thrive within the environment that is difficult to identify, but not difficult to understand. A very clean room with broken wires everywhere is hard and confusing to the brain – but a room that is strange and strange can be hard to create. The earth is by nature complex and to be considered in some way in the airspace will be essential for the lives of astronauts.
The key, says Bishop, is under fractals; Studies have shown that it is natural phenomena that comfort us. The walls should not be without form. What if we put fractal patterns, or make fabrics that were naturally broken? “
Such reflection will be a foregone conclusion for Sebastian Aristotelis as he separates himself from the new repetition of his space.
“Half a year ago, I said I would not compare at any time, but I’m trying to memorize maybe a weekend within some space,” he says. “But I can feel anxiety and trembling growing.” Then again, that would be cool.