Take Part

Building a Martian House, August – October 2022, in M Shed Square, Bristol.

Located on M Shed Square, Bristol, Building a Martian House is not an exhibition or a Martian simulation experience, rather it is a research site. The exterior of the building has been through a long design process, including workshops with the public and consultation with scientists, to create a prototype of a house that could really be built on Mars and is designed to protect the people living in it.

The exterior is being built as an empty shell. From August to October 2022 we will be filling it with inventions, colours and responses to what a future resourceful community could look like. We need the people of Bristol to come and join us to do this. There are a few ways to take part.

Join the volunteer Interiors Group

Meeting every Saturday from August to October, if you join the Interiors Group you will be working with artists Ella and Nicki to create the interiors – from colours, fabrics and art on the walls to what the objects of everyday living in a zero waste environment might look like, from a Martian toothbrush or Martian clothing, to a recipe book, or a washing machine. It is across a long time frame to allow ideas to develop, change and be referred to scientists working on the project.

Applications to join the group open end June – more details here soon.

Family workshops – drop in

In August we will be running free drop in workshops for families around textiles, in our workshop space next to the house. More details and dates coming soon.

Bookable workshops

Looking at hydroponics, plants and science fiction. These free bookable workshops will take place in September, run by the researchers who are creating a hydroponics research centre in the restricted top floor of the house. More details on how to book soon.


The project team (including artists, architects and scientists) will host a talk about how the project has been made. More details available soon.

In partnership with Bristol Festival of Ideas and M Shed we will have two online talks. These talks will be happening in October. More details available soon.

Viewings of the lower ground floorbookable, free

Have a glimpse of the interiors. We will be welcoming visitors to look in the lower ground floor throughout September and October. This will be a chance to have a look at the interiors, you will be able to see some of the work of our Interiors Team and the results of our workshops.

Visualisation of Building A Martian House in M Shed Square. Image credit Hugh Broughton Architect and Pearce+