Building a Martian House is a public art project making a prototype of a real Martian house. 

Mars is a place where you’d have to live carefully and resourcefully. By imagining how a small community would live there, it offers us a sharp lens on our lives here on Earth today and our fraught relationship with consumerism. 

In summer 2022 the house will be built and open to the public in M Shed Square, Bristol, UK. It will start as an empty shell that comes to life with changing interiors as we explore together what a new, sustainable culture might look like. It provides a place to research and experiment. A blank canvas to try things out and imagine new futures in relation to our lives today. 

It will be Britain’s first Martian house, created not exclusively by specialists but by many different people working together, as we all have expertise to offer around how we live and in imagining our shared futures. It has been created through a co-design process involving many people – from rocket scientists to primary school children – as we all have a role in the future and a part to play. 

The project is led and conceived by artists Ella Good and Nicki Kent, working with Hugh Broughton Architects (designer of the Halley VI British Antarctic Research Station) and Pearce+. It is presented in partnership with M Shed, and funded by The Edward Marshall Trust.

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