Building A Martian House is a real collaboration. It started as an idea in 2015 with just artists Ella and Nicki as the project team. It has since grown into what you see across this website. We thought a good way to chart its history would be a simple timeline.

This project was inspired by many experiments that have been happening all over the world for more than twenty years. Lots of people have been practicing to send people to Mars here on Earth. Here are a few examples to get you started; Mars 500 (Russia+ESA), Hi-Seas (NASA), MDRS (the Mars Society), Biosphere 2.

Building A Martian House is a contribution to this field of research, created by input and ideas from many people.


2015 – Ella Good and Nicki Kent decide to Build A Martian House

2016 – Ella and Nicki go on a research trip to the Mars Desert Research Station + Biosphere 2

2017 – Ella and Nicki meet Spacecraft Systems Engineer Professor Lucy Berthoud and she joins the team.

2018 – Ella and Nicki meet architect Hugh Broughton and receive a small grant from the Edward Marshall Trust to work with the architect firm and develop designs. Scientist Dr Bob Myhill also joins the team.

MBR Space Settlement Grant and The Brigstow Institute fund small parts of project development.

Ella and Nicki run workshops at We The Curious (Bristol, UK), University of Bristol and University of West of England to develop designs; the project team came and supported these.

December 2018 – workshop with Hugh Broughton architects to consolidate public design ideas.

2019 – Conceptual designs created.

Ella and Nicki have 6 month exhibition at We The Curious, including conceptual designs and mock up of parts of the house.

Hugh Broughton Architects and Pearce+ develop concept designs into a buildable design.

Funding from Edward Marshall Trust for the build secured.

Buro Happold and Hydrock join the project team and donate engineering expertise for the build.

Inflate joins Design Team.

2020 – Ella and Nicki are part of The Watershed’s Winter Residency and explore themes of technology and sustainability within the project.

M Shed Square site secured and partnership with M Shed begins.

Design Team develop technical designs for build

October 2020 – Planning permission is granted by Bristol City Council.

2021 – SCF Construct joins project team and enlists construction companies to donate materials and labour.

June 2022 – building set to start, with the opening planned for August – running until end of October.

concept design by Hugh Broughton Architects
concept design by Hugh Broughton Architects