bjarke ingels to build massive mars space simulation city in the UAE desert

bjarke ingels to build massive mars space simulation city in the UAE desert

the government of dubai has announced that bjarke ingels is slated to build the largest ever space simulation city in the UAE desert, a destination which will mimic the conditions of life on mars. covering 1.9 million square feet, ‘mars science city project’ will provide a realistic model to simulate life on the surface of the red planet. a series of monumental domed structures will host laboratories for food, energy and water, agricultural testing and studies about food security, and a museum displaying humanity’s greatest space achievements. the walls of the museum will be 3D printed, using sand from the emirati desert.

bjarke ingels mars science city
‘mars science city project’ will cover 1.9 million square feet
all images courtesy of dubai media office



‘mars science city’ is to be led by a team from the mohammed bin rashid space centre and dubai municipality in cooperation with bjarke ingels / BIG and a team of emirati scientists, engineers and designers. the scheme includes an experiential element involving a team of people who will live inside the simulated red planet city for one year. replicating the conditions on the surface of mars, it is hoped the experience will become a model for innovation, particularly in regards to sustaining life in a hostile planetary environment. additional experiments will study self-sufficiency in energy, water and food.

bjarke ingels mars science city
the scheme will provide a realistic model to simulate living on the surface of the red planet



laboratories will simulate mars’ harsh terrain and environment through 3D printing technology, heat, and radiation insulation. ‘mars science city’ is hoping to attract the brightest scientific minds from around the world in a collaborative contribution in the UAE to human development and the improvement of life. ‘the UAE seeks to establish international efforts to develop technologies that benefit humankind, and that establish the foundation of a better future for more generations to come,‘ said sheikh mohammed bin rashid said. ‘we also want to consolidate the passion for leadership in science in the UAE, contributing to improving life on earth.’

bjarke ingels mars science city
a series of monumental domed structures will host laboratories for food, energy and water

bjarke ingels mars science city
the walls of the museum will be 3D printed, using sand from the emirati desert

  • Why Uae desert? are the climate conditions comparables? Mars isn’t extremely cold??

    Tomas GM says:
  • I am not sure the designers have studied the conditions on Mars.
    Radiation, blizzards, cold, icy ground, have nothing to do with the Emirates conditions.
    The design seems to focus on PR rather than anything else…

    TNS says:
  • This reminds me of the failed Ark II experiment.

    Andrew Anderson says:
  • Glass roof in a desert to simulate the climate on mars?

    UAE desert + 55C. Plus.
    Mars mid temperature – 55C. Minus.

    Something mixed up?

    MP says:

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