Mars X-House

Rebeccah Pailes-Friedman, founder of Interwoven and partner in SEArch+ (Space Exploration Architecture) worked with the team to create Mars X-House.   The habitat synthesizes radiation protection, natural light, egress, and the required program given the parameters of the NASA Centennial Challenge for the first mission to Mars.  Mars X House is a passion project with contributions by a number of designers, subject matter experts, and consultants. This design was the fourth place winner of the Phase 3 Level 1 NASA 3D-Printed Habitat Competition.



What we did

  • Architectural design
  • Martian terrain, radiation protection and site selection
  • Radiation protection studies
  • Advance autonomous robotic construction methods
  • Consulted with numerous SME's including Structural Engineers, Materials Scientists, NASA Engineers and Scientist
  • Construction sequencing
  • Habitability studies and human factors requirements for Mars
  • Model making

Clients / Collaborators

Space Exploration Architecture

Prioritizing safety, redundancy, and the wellbeing of the crew above the Martian surface, Mars X-House seeks to exceed current radiation standards while safely connecting the crew to natural light and views to the Martian landscape.

Partnering with Apis Cor, X-House presents a pioneering habitat scaled to fit within the 4.5m x 4.5m footprint of the Level 3 Head-to-Head event of the Phase 3 competition at 1/3 scale.

By vitally connecting the human residents with views to the Martian landscape, the habitat synthesizes key design factors fundamental to future Martian habitation: program and construction efficiency, light, and radiation protection—creating a highly functional and protective habitat for its occupants. 

Mars X House is a joint design and construction prototyping project undertaken collaboratively by SEArch+ and 3D Printing Technology company Apis Cor, to envision architectural solutions employing large-scale additive manufacturing techniques in the context of a Mars mission.


SEArch+ develops human-supporting design concepts for living in space and space exploration.