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h2o - international mars station
14th edition


Everything in the universe runs to the transformation and the habit to the new conditions of life begins to become a routine. Global warming and glacier meltdown tell us that it is time to change the way we view our life on Earth.

Living on land can be a thing of the past when the ground ceases to exist.

70% of water can become 90% in a few years’ time, and adapting to this new way of life is the difference between surviving and not surviving. Everything is possible to the human being who does not resign himself, for which, overcoming obstacles that were considered insurmountable, is just another great step in the evolution of the species.

If we have more water than land, why not make it our best way to live?


“The future

The poles melt

Covering the earth with water

Those who survived adapted to a new world”



From Hebrew: mayim; Hydor, from Greek; Latin, Aqua; H20, chemically speaking;

Symbology: fertility, puri cation, strength and cleanliness; Philosophy: one of the four basic elements of the constitution of matter;

71% of the Earth’s surface. 70% of the human body; Liquid, gaseous, solid;

Life generator;

Past, present, future...




Objective: design a small water village that can be replicated.

We intend to create a model of a sustentable village over the water, that can support the basics needs for a small community survive. This village must be prepared to expand as the population increases.


- Localization: somewhere over the Ocean - Number of people : a small community

- houses - the housing model should be thought to increase as the population increases

- work areas

- vegetable garden for the inhabitants

- small commerce for the inhabitants

- small services for the inhabitants

- Others - you may propose other areas that are not considered in the present brief.

You can and should propose the society model how this community live.

Areas: not defined

Materials: not defined


1st Place

Team: Artur Górski, Mikołaj Strzelczuk

City: Szczecin

Country: Poland

2nd Place

Team: Jaime Fernandez Gomez, Martin De Pablo Esteban, Lucia Gonzalez-Lamuño Sanchis, Pablo Manteca Martin, Begoña Santolaya Cañibano

City: Valladolid

Country: Spain

3rd Place

Team: Katharina Lutz, Eduarda Vieira, Alban Wagener

City: Porto

Country: Portugal

Honorable Mentions
Honorable Mentions

Team: Mateusz Binkowski, Joanna Targowicz

City: Krakow

Country: Poland

Team: Tobias Jansson, Oscar Forsman, Kim Lidman,

City: Stockholm

Country: Sweden

Team: Gloria Benito Aranzana, Hector Suárez Gomez

City: Madrid

Country: Spain

Team: Sergio Ortín Molina, Miguel Ángel Ortín Molina

City: Beneixama

Country: Spain

Team: Jacopo Barelli, Francesca Dalla Mora, Matija Perić, Federico Bettazzi, Francesco Caputo

City: Lisboa

Country: Portugal

Team: Adelia Shaekhova, Rasul Rangulov

City: Ufa

Country: Russian Federation

Team: Anna Budnikova

City: Moscow

Country: Russian Federation

1st place – ID000320 - Team: Artur Górski, Mikołaj Strzelczuk; City: Szczecin; Country: Poland


“This proposal is unique because it has continuity from past and possibility for future with universality. Reusing of oil rig is a present problem and the proposal has clear solution for it. It is nice to mention about the value of abundant oil rigs as artificial reaves and it would be better if there were solution to utilize this value. The construction system is also understandable.” Ren Ito, arq.

“This project addresses the possibility to re-use existing industrial facilities. It proposes to build a new platform and a structure organized around a central communal courtyard. This structure allows for flexible growth and constant adaptation to the needs of this future community.” Diogo Burnay, arq.

“Proposal proposing the reuse of a deactivated oil exploration equipment, which transforms the top that emerges above sea level into a new human habitat and simultaneously creates the conditions for a symbiotic relationship that forms a new underwater habitat.” José Laranjeira, arq.

“Sometimes a familiar solution with a twist is enough.

The oil rig is already a known habitat, but by resetting and redesigning its elements you can allow it to embrace new pratical needs and, at the same time, create a formal drama.

I appreciated the overall elegance of the design, where formal simplicity isn’t a synonymous of a simplistic approach.” Miguel Judas, arq.

“The asset of this project comes from its sensitivity to the existing resources, which become even more meaningful in such a future that has less of everything, except water. This project succeeds that condition by proposing water villages sitting on existing elevated platforms. However, it lacks displaying an access to water and other water villages. Such connection would have made this proposal even more thoughtful.” Duygu Tüntaş, arq.


2nd Place – ID0001310 - Team: Jaime Fernandez Gomez, Martin De Pablo Esteban, Lucia Gonzalez-Lamuño Sanchis, Pablo Manteca Martin, Begoña Santolaya Cañibano; City: Valladolid

Country: Spain


“This proposal has strong formal image using molecule of H2O. Assigning different functions to Oxygen and Hydrogen part with considering future developments. The diagram is also clearly represented.” Ren Ito, arq.

“This project proposes a series of elegant and discreet floating interconnected inhabitable rings.

Each floating ring is able to accommodate different and complementary activities.

This generates a highly interlocked structure meant to evolve over time, allowing for constant growth and adaptation to the community needs and aspirations.” Diogo Burnay, arq.

“Floating islands that imagine multiplying as molecules in a process of accommodating an increase in population, which inhabits the marine environment.”. José Laranjeira, arq.

“One of the striking things of this proposal is the way the problem, water, feeds every part of the proposal: the adequacy of the circle as an isostatic form, the play between the parts and the parts and the context. Finally, the courage to assume the risk of being utopian.” Miguel Judas, arq.

“This proposal achieves a solution to the problematization of the competition with a sudtle – almost invisible – horizontally growing circles of life. The instrumentalization of water offers simultaneous below-and-above and in-and-out experiences, which is quite positive in regarding water as a design element, instead of a problem.” Duygu Tüntaş, arq.


3rd PLace – ID000830 - Team: Katharina Lutz, Eduarda Vieira, Alban Wagener; City: Porto; Country: Portugal

“This proposal is also using oil rig and it mentions about food problems that the other proposal doesn’t mention. The proposal has very beautiful image and if it mentions more about how the system works, it would be more interesting.” Ren Ito, arq.

“This project addresses the possibility to re-use abandoned industrial facilities. It proposes to build a new platform and a structure that will accommodate the different programmes and activities needed to accommodate these new communities. This structure allows for a flexible appropriation within its elements, thus generating a series of intertwined spaces for different production activities that will enable this platform to be sustainable throughout time.” Diogo Burnay, arq.

“Use of oil exploration equipment at the end of production, reusing its emergent sea level structure, forming communities that are related, sharing its founding situation in the various regions of the planet where these structures are located.” José Laranjeira, arq.

“The most striking aspect of this proposal was tension between natural and artificial. The regularity and simplicity of a system that then is filled in a very organic kind of way. It recalled me the of Cedric Price’s Fun Palace or Constant Nieuwenhuys’ New Babilon, were architecture is shaped along the way.” Miguel Judas, arq.

“This project offers a nice, livable environment with its 3D grid structure enabling almost random and complex occupation of programs as well as human, animal and plant life. Proposing a reuse of existing structures and a possible network among water villages are also regarded as the positive properties of this project.” Duygu Tüntaş, arq.


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