Xiaomi does not run out of ideas or areas to put her nose in (and her factories). It’s not just about going beyond the technological to have products such as pens or umbrellas, but to think beyond the stratosphere and imagine a perfect home for Mars, in collaboration with an architecture studio.
This is MARS Case, a minimalist and minimally invasive house concept designed to settle in an inhospitable environment and that does not have the abundance (and ease of exploitation) of the natural resources necessary for life offered by our battered planet. Of course, the home would not be lacking electrodomesticos of the Chinese brand, of course.
To recycle on the red sand
Inspired to find the essential necessities for life and move away from the uncontrolled exploitation of resources, the OPEN architecture studio proposes MARS Case, a project that combines technology, design and architecture that represents what could be an ideal home for Mars. What they and Xiaomi propose with MARS Case is that we imagine that humanity is forced to live on Mars, where there is no option to settle and develop a life as we know it here, for many novels that show us how to grow potatoes in the Red Planet.
We would not have an alternative and we would have to change our habits, or rather forget the raw materials and sources that supply our needs (or what we believe is essential for life). That is why the fundamental pillar of MARS Case is to recycle: recycle heat, water, gases and everything that is generated and that you need in the electronic systems of the house.
In addition, it is designed for mobility and modular structure, with modules of 2.4 x 2.4 x 2 meters inflatable, so that in the end the bubble can be deflated and folded to be moved to another location. What we see in the photos is that there are two rooms, so that the inflatable part comes out of a cubicle, all very minimalist, in white and with small windows.
Thus, it would be a home that achieved zero emissions and an autonomous energy cycle, seeking the minimum consumption of resources and maximum recycling and reuse. Xiaomi appliances and devices would be integrated into the module called The Home, and the idea is that all are connected wirelessly to be controlled with the smartphone.
MARS Married a project as an inspiration and more focused on aesthetics and the idea of simplifying life, unlike the projects that students proposed to NASA (more realistic and focused on a real stay on Mars). At the moment we have not yet set foot on the Red Planet, although the dates of future explorations not only contemplate arriving, but also settling down, so it does not hurt to think about how to do it.