IKEA has added its own vision of comfort, coziness and good times in small living spaces to the artificial house on Mars.
Furniture giant IKEA, long conquered the Earth, is now seriously thinking about how to make life comfortable on Mars. The company has built its own research station that mimics life on the Red Planet.
In 2017, IKEA designers were sent to the Mars Desert Science Station site, set up as an artificial habitat in the Utah desert, USA. The company's specialist Christina Levenborn remained to live in these conditions, and her experience served as an impetus for the creation and arrangement of special living spaces “like in the IKEA catalog”, but with an eye on life on Mars.
“The Mars Desert Research Station is trying to study the surface of Mars by entering a simulated environment - groups of 6 people live in the Utah desert in turns for several weeks. In order to make the home more livable, IKEA has introduced its own interior design, creating sustainable solutions for living in an enclosed space,” commented the research center.
The station, built in 2000, is a two-story cylindrical space about 8 meters high, which can accommodate no more than six people at a time. On the lower floor of the center is a general laboratory and workshop, while on the upper deck there are six tiny rooms for the staff of the research center. The main task for the mission staff is the construction of greenhouses for growing food, the study of mail samples and the principles of breathing using oxygen cylinders.
IKEA has added its own vision of comfort, coziness and good times in small living spaces to the artificial one on Mars. So the science station in Utah was transformed into small IKEA-style spaces, with galvanized steel shelving and robotic furniture from the new Rogan line, which allows you to transform the living space several times a day. When arranging an unusual living space, designers also used furniture and interior items that are resistant to moisture, dirt and increased stress.
The company will use the experience gained when designing solutions for compact living spaces in large cities.