ICON has teamed up with Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and SEArch+, to work with NASA on the research and development of a construction system that could support future exploration of the Moon.
ICON has engaged two award-winning architecture firms as partners for the audacious project: BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group, renowned for their iconic international architecture and SEArch+ (Space Exploration Architecture), a company recognized on a global scale for their innovative ‘human-centered’ designs for space exploration.
Bjarke Ingels, BIG Founder/Creative Director, said:
“To explain the power of architecture, ‘formgiving’ is the danish word for design, which literally means to give form to that which has not yet been given form. This becomes fundamentally clear when we venture beyond earth and begin to imagine how we are going to build and live on entirely new worlds. With ICON we are pioneering new frontiers — both materially, technologically and environmentally. The answers to our challenges on earth very well might be found on the Moon.’
Jason Ballard, ICON Co-founder/CEO, explained:
“Building humanity’s first home on another world will be one of the most ambitious construction projects in recorded human history and push technology, engineering, science and architecture to literal new heights.”
“3D printing with materials found on the Moon is a sustainable and versatile solution to off-world construction.”