Elysium Strider

Elysium Strider

(shortlisted) Elysium Strider

Year: 2019

Type: Architectural competition, Kuala Lumpur Architecture Festival Competition

Team: Katarzyna Lis, Wojciech Fikus, Leszek Orzechowski

Topics: Conceptual vision, mobile and modular design

Elysium Strider

Elysium Planitia is a vast terrain with many of its most valuable Points of Interests being spread out over large distances.  Taking inspiration from a nomadic way of living a fleet of nomadic all-terrain rovers were proposed that allows for mobility, exchangeability and modular expansion of the colony. With colony sustainability being the most crucial aspect for survival several rovers types were introduced to meet the challenge of surviving frozen Martian desert.

Strider is a six-legged all-terrain rover designed to accommodate the four-person crew. When it operates independently its Environmental Control and Life Support System could sustain the crew during a two-week excursion.  Its legs operated independently in 6 degrees-of-freedom for maximum stability and traversability. Hexagonal pressurized cabin provides the most basic functions for the crew with an addition of second level expandable dome filled with water for radiation shielding. The dome provides an unprecedented occasion for large two-person rooms. The pressurized cabin is fitted with six hatches out of which three are equipped with hydraulic connectors used for docking and as airlocks.

You can travel, visiting various points of interests like InSight lander, space port or connect with another strider.  Create an expedition to explore an unknown region to witness it for the first time for humanity. Explore Mars on your own pace – just remember to monitor your power, oxygen, water and food…

The Awakening of The Great Martian Dune Kraken

When rovers with different functions connect they can create a multitude of task-oriented vehicles. With expanding numbers and complexity a familiar nomadic structure could emerge with explorers, mobile camps, caravans, and even oases focused on water, food and energy production – but with one exception – the potential for mobility. This mobility could perpetuate the evolution of regular nomadic structure into more biomimetic and complex creation. Spontaneous absorption and mixture of various functions would result in an awakening of The Great Martian Dune Kraken – an artificial multicellular superorganism controlled by its inhabitants. Rovers as cells, hydraulic connectors as muscles, sprawling tentacles engulfing yet another dune in search of water, minerals. A structure capable of traversing moderate cavities and small canyons. Its senses made of radars, lidars, and spectrometers It may be sluggishly slow, but its the only contender for domination over Elysium Planitia for this time being. The idea behind the Kraken has less to do with actual organism or AI and rather with the next level complexity of a human society operating a kind of mobile city for 100 people with a goal to sustain themselves. But in the end, isn’t it what bacteria our guts are doing with us?


(2nd place) Twardowsky – Mars Colony Prize

(2nd place) Twardowsky – Mars Colony Prize

Twardowsky – Mars Colony

Year: 2019

Type: International Competition, Mars Society

Collaboration: Space is More, Projekt Scorpio, KNS MOS, LabDigiFab, Wrocław University of Science and Technology

Team: Amanda Solaniuk, Anna Wójcik, Joanna Kuźma, Natalia Ćwilichowska, Katarzyna Lis, Sławek Malkowski, Dariusz Szczotkowski, Szymon Loj, Orest Savystskyi, Dominik Liśkiewicz, Wojciech Fikus, Jakub Nalewaj, nna Jurga, Leszek Orzechowski, Bartosz Drozd, Paweł Górniak, Krzysztof Ratajczak, Paweł Piszko, Maciej Piorun

Final presentatnion: 


Link to Final Report: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1f–i2Y717f3iZsw0f0teMCnTMFONLloz

Book Publication: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B082LWPF18/ref=rdr_kindle_ext_tmb


Twardowsky base concept was created for the competition, organized by The Mars Society – Mars Colony Prize. The aim of the competition was to designing a colony on a red planet, that would have a high degree of autonomy, and be able to accommodate 1,000 people. The assessment criteria included: engineering concept, architecture, aesthetics, innovation, degree of self-sufficiency, economy, law and sociology. Our interdisciplinary team brought together specialists in each of the fields, mentioned above. The effect of our almost one year’s work is the Twardowsky base.

Twardowsky is located in the Jezero crater, on the northern slope of one of the hills. This place provides radiation protection, on the other hand, by choosing a shaded place, our base can be open to the Mars landscape. Residential part is situated on the surface, along with common space and plant cultivation to provide residents with access to daylight, while the production part is located underground

Natural light inside the base is provided a system of mirrors, located on the opposite site to the base. Our architects have created an algorithm to move the mirrors, so that a maximum of 5% of their surface is covered by each other during the day.

An extensive literature study of the availability of raw materials gave us a lot of information about what kind of components we can use for construction, as well as for the production of daily-use things, to minimize transport of these goods from Earth. The lithium-thor reactor will provide the energy, needed to heat the base and generate electricity. Life support systems assume aquaponic cultures of crops to ensure a maximally balanced diet. The systems are designed to maximize the use of each waste product for utility purposes.

The society is divided according to its specialization, creating guilds. Key decisions regarding a given area of ​​activity are taken by all residents, but the guild that specializes in a given area has the final word.

The project involved financing the base by the G8 countries. The base economy would be based mainly on data transfer, technology, tourism and the sale of luxury goods to Earth.