Space Inspiration: Asteroids in Modern Architecture & Design

Space Inspiration: Asteroids in Modern Architecture & Design

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Architecture and astronomy have shared a profound connection since ancient times. This enduring relationship is evident in structures like pyramids, monuments, and observatories that have been preserved across the world.

Advancements in technology and a deeper understanding of space have inspired the creation of innovative designs. Astronomical concepts and imagery frequently find their way into the architectural elements of both interior and exterior spaces. These designs go beyond mere aesthetic appeal, serving to heighten our sensory perception, foster creativity, and facilitate the process of learning. They offer a unique blend of functionality and beauty, merging the realms of science and art.

Explore the ways in which asteroids have ignited fresh ideas and designs:

Can you imagine residing inside a colossal meteorite? In 2020, architect Ateljé Sotamaa brought this extraordinary vision to life in Kontiolahti, Finland. Crafted from wood, this residential building not only maximises its internal space but also boasts a captivating skylight, inviting residents to gaze upon the stars.

View of the Meteorite Residence, created by Ateljé Sotamaa (Design Booim / Arch Daily)

In 2013, an exceptionally intriguing project received an honourable mention in a skyscraper competition. Conceived by the talented team of designers, Xiaomiao Xiao, Lixiang Miao, Xinmin Li, and Minzhao Guo, the Crater Scraper presents a visionary concept—a post-apocalyptic shelter intended for construction within a crater resulting from an asteroid impact.
Offering a compelling sustainability proposal, this settlement is ingeniously subterranean, featuring a porous roof adorned with greenery that not only collects rainwater but also permits sunlight to filter through. Within this unique structure, a transportation network radiates outward from a central core, fostering interconnected communities.

The Crater Scraper concept created by Xiaomiao Xiao, Lixiang Miao, Xinmin Li and Minzhao Guo (InHabitat / eVolo)

In 2021, artist David Nosanchuk unveiled the ‘Butterfly Asteroid,’ a captivating series of sculptures designed to illuminate and adorn interior spaces. Crafted to scale, these artworks mirror the size of actual asteroids. As the artist elucidates, ‘At first glance, these elements may seem contrasting, but in reality, they share a profound historical connection. Both take flight and are products of transformative processes: the asteroid stands as the ancient relic of our solar system, while the butterfly was once merely a humble caterpillar.

Details of some objects from the Butterfly Asteroid collection, created by David Nosanchuk (Artsy.net / Corriere Della Sera Living)

Simple yet effective design options abound for infusing your living spaces with an asteroid-inspired aesthetic. Consider creating a captivating wall mural using adhesive paper or adorning your furniture and decor items with asteroid images—think tables, pillows, and blankets.

You’ll find high-resolution array of images in the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s extensive collection. These stunning visuals, captured by historic space missions, can seamlessly transport your home into a spaceship journeying through the world of asteroids, adding a unique cosmic touch to your living environment.

Visions of the asteroid belt plastered on walls and other furniture (Amazon.com – SKIWA / Red Bubble)


The Solar system – eleanorlutz.com

In 2019, a captivating map won in the Asteroid Day art competition. It is a remarkable creation by the talented artist Eleanor Lutz, who holds a Ph.D in biology at the University of Washington.

In her winning piece, she skillfully depicts the complexities of the solar system and its asteroids in a stunning map that reflects her passion for both science and art. The crafted map showcases the orbits of over 18,000 asteroids in our solar system.
In all her work, Eleanor brings a unique blend of science and art.

For more information, Eleanor shares her scientific insights and creative process on her blog.

Consider these engaging activities to bring your audience closer to the world of architects and designers, stimulating their creativity:

  • Organise a contest with the themes: “What Would It Be Like to Live on an Asteroid?” or “Transforming Impact Craters in Sustainable Communities”. Ideas can be inspired by fiction or reality based on available technology. Here are some format options for contests. An exclusive children’s version of these contests can be organised using the famous character The Little Prince. This article will inspire you.
  • Explore places with a large flow of people like museums and shopping malls to showcase the work of contest participants. They are also works of art and art galleries will also be ideal places to present them to the public.
  • Did you know that some asteroids were named after architects and designers? 6266 Letzel, 19129 Loos and 24666 Miesvanrohe are some examples. Schedule a talk with an architect or designer of your choice to talk about the life and work of these professionals.
  • Have you ever seen an architect on the Moon? Locate the crater complex on the lunar surface named after the architect Vitruvius and show it to your audience with a telescope. Be sure to inform them about the estimated size of the asteroids that caused these impacts and what would happen if another of the same size were coming towards Earth.

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