This was a conceptual competition to design a hotel on the Moon.
In thirty years’ time, 1% of 1% of the world’s population is predicted to own over 60% of the world’s resources. Presumably only they will be able to afford to go to a hotel on the Moon.
Our idea envisaged a two-week lunar vacation: one week in sunlight, the other in total darkness. Holidaymakers would enjoy visits to natural and human-made sites, zero-gravity training, solitary ‘Moon camping’, and a communal Full Earth Party on their final night in space.
With the hotel sited in the Sinus Medii, where the earth is always directly overhead, the tour would afford visitors unique moments of reflection. Will the 1% of the 1% be changed by the experience – as all astronauts are? Will they grasp our planet’s beauty and vulnerability? And importantly, how will those on earth view the travellers – with respect or contempt?
The visitors arrives at the base. A series of training courses help them to get adjusted to moving around and dealing with low gravity.
Moon Buggy - exploring the Moon on your own
The holidaymakers are provided with a Moon Buggy with a personal driver. After having spent a few days at the hotel base the visitors are ready to explore the Moon and the most important sites on their own.
Moon camping - an unforgettable experience
The Moon Buggy is designed to be able to drop of the rear department to offer the holidaymakers a very personal experience. Will they be changed by this experience - as all astronauts are? Will they grasp our planet’s beauty and vulnerability?
Return to the base
After exploring the Moon by Moon Buggy they return to the base again.
The Eye & the Earth Room
The roof of the base is designed to open and shut in relation to solar radiation. At the beginning of the holiday the roof will be shut but open up more and more towards the end of holiday as the solar radiation reduces. From the Earth Room below the 'eye' of the hotel the amazing view of the Earth can be appreciated. This would also be a room for reflection and discussion in relation to how to act upon the experiences the visitors have had while visiting the Moon.
Full Earth Party
The visitors celebrate their last night of their Moon holiday with a Full Earth Party.