Sunday Sanctuary: Vora Villa

  I have always strongly believed that a picture can speak a thousand words. And when the location is Santorini, visual storytelling is fully justified. Having travelled to Santorini three years ago, it has to be one of my favourite destinations to date, and it is here we find this weeks Sunday Sanctuary,  the Vora Villas.

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Sunday Sanctuary: Calming Space

    In a world-wind week which involve launching our very own collection of custom t-shirts and bespoke art prints a bit of R&R and calm was definitely in order.  The architect and owner behind this beautiful calming space, Vincent Van Duysen,  is an advocate for the elimination of excess, and creating serenity in throughout all

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Snøhetta to design Norwegian planetarium surrounded by a constellation of cabins

The golden cupola of Snøhetta’s planetarium will be orbited by seven “interstellar cabins” as part of Norway’s largest astronomical facility. Architecture studio Snøhetta has unveiled designs for the Solobservatoriet, which is to be built on the site of a current observatory. The Tycho Brahe Instituttet, named after the 16th century Danish scientist who founded modern

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First space hotel could welcome visitors by 2022 – for an astronomical price

Texas-based startup Orion Span has revealed plans for a luxury space hotel, which is expected to open in 2022. Plans for the £70 million space hotel named Aurora Station, which would orbit 200 miles above the earth, were unveiled earlier this week. The hotel is designed to hold four guests and two crew members, with 12-day trips being marketed at £6.7 million per person.

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UK spaceport moves closer to becoming reality

The creation of a UK spaceport has edged closer to reality with the signing of the Space Industry Bill, which gives companies the ability to build a facility and launch satellites. The legislation, which received Royal Assent yesterday and became law, will allow UK businesses to conduct commercial space flights from a spaceport within the UK. “The Space

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Stefano Boeri imagines dome-covered Mars colony with “vertical forests”

Stefano Boeri has suggested that a “new Shanghai” made up of “vertical forests” could be built on Mars, should rising sea levels render Earth uninhabitable. The ambitious Mars-based eco city envisioned by the Italian architect would be made up of his studio’s signature plant-covered towers built under giant sealed “space-proof” domes. The hypothetical project was dreamed up in response to

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Bjarke Ingels proposes Mars simulation city for Dubai in race for space colonisation

Danish architect Bjarke Ingels has revealed designs for the Mars Science City, which will operate as a space simulation campus near Dubai where scientists will work on “humanity’s march into space”. Ingels’ plans show four geodesic domes enveloping the Mars Science City, which will cover 17.5 hectares of desert outside Dubai – making it the largest space simulation city

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Supertall skyscraper hangs from orbiting asteroid in Clouds Architecture Office concept

In a bid to get around terrestrial height restrictions, Clouds Architecture Office has proposed suspending the world’s tallest skyscraper from an asteroid, leaving residents to parachute to earth. New York-based Clouds Architecture Office drew up plans for Analemma Tower to “overturn the established skyscraper typology” by building not up from the ground but down from the sky

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Dezeen’s new Pinterest board explores design for space travel

Inspired by the discovery of the TRAPPIST-1 system, we created a Pinterest board full of architecture and design for space travel, including NASA’s retro space tourism posters and the world’s first space terminal, designed by Fosters + Partners. Follow Dezeen on Pinterest ›

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Nine visions for lunar architecture revealed in Moontopia competition

Nine space-age designs have been revealed as the winners of the Moontopia competition, which asked architects and designers to visualise life on the moon.  Entrants to the Moontopia competition were asked to draw up plans for a self-sufficient lunar colony for living, working, researching and space tourism. One winner and eight runners up were selected from hundreds of proposals

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Orbit Pavilion by Studio KCA broadcasts sounds of NASA satellites in outerspace

New York office Studio KCA has created a conch-shaped, metal pavilion for NASA that provides visitors an opportunity to listen to the sound of satellites orbiting the earth (+ movie). Called the NASA Orbit Pavilion, the structure encompasses 1,100 square feet (102 square metres) and was commissioned by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The More

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Scientists develop Martian concrete for building architecture in outer space

A team of Illinois-based scientists have developed a form of “Martian concrete” that could be used to build architectural structures on the surface of the red planet. Lin Wan, Roman Wendner and Gianluca Cusatis from Northwestern University have formulated a construction material that combines Martian soil with molten sulphur, which they claim could be used More

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Architect proposes Mars Utopia towers to terraform red planet into breathable environment

Spanish architect Alberto Villanueva’s Mars Utopia concept would see the planet transformed into an inhabitable environment using towers formed by bacteria (+ slideshow). Villanueva, who works at Idea, created the project while completing a masters in Environment Design at London’s Ravensbourne College. Related story: 3D-printed Ice House by Clouds AO and SEArch wins NASA Mars Habitat contest More

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3D-printed ice house by Clouds AO and SEArch wins NASA Mars Habitat contest

NASA – the US space agency that announced the discovery of flowing water on Mars this week – has chosen a winner in its contest to design proposals for 3D-printed housing on the Red Planet (+ slideshow). The Ice House has been awarded first place in the NASA-run 3D Printed Habitat Challenge, receiving a prize of $25,000 (£16,500) from competition […]

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10 bizarre proposals for 3D-printed NASA bases on Mars

We’ve selected 10 of the most unusual and far-fetched proposals for Mars housing submitted as part of NASA’s 3D Printed Habitat Challenge. A shortlist of 30 designs has been chosen for the 3D Printed Habitat Challenge, launched in May by US space agency NASA and America Makes, the country’s national additive-manufacturing innovation institute. Entrants were challenged […]

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Foster + Partners reveals concept for 3D-printed Mars habitat built by robots

Foster + Partners has unveiled designs for a NASA Mars settlement for four astronauts that could be 3D printed by a team of semi-autonomous robots (+ slideshow). Norman Foster’s firm envisions a 93-square-metre habitat constructed from regolith, the loose soil and rocks found on the surface of the Red Planet. The concept involves parachuting three different kinds […]

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3D-printed bubble house proposed for living on Mars

French 3D-printing company FABulous has brought together a team of scientists and architects to imagine a bubble-shaped habitat for Mars that can be printed on the red planet. The Sfero house features an internal and external dome, with a protective pocket of water between the two. A single corridor rests on the planet’s surface and […]

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“Comet running” concept proposes hitchhiking future for space stations

Interstellar comets become vehicles for space travel between the different planetary systems of our galaxy in this conceptual design by New York-based Clouds Architecture Office (+ slideshow). Ostap Rudakevych and Masayuki Sono, the founders of Clouds Architecture Office, propose floating space stations within the orbit of moving exocomets – icy celestial bodies that exist outside Earth’s […]
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10 designs for the future of space travel

As advances in technology put space travel back on the agenda, we’ve rounded up some of the best interstellar design from the pages of Dezeen. Architects, designers and big business are increasingly turning their attention to space. With projects exploring habitable 3D-printed structures on the moon, the colonisation of Mars and vehicles designed to take us to the […]
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