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Deadline Extended - Call For Ideas: Marsception 2024 Architecture Competition

Volume Zero Competition
Architecture & Design
Architects, students, young professionals, innovators, seasoned professionals
Awards & Prizes:
$4000 USD
Entries deadline:
9th May 2024
Early Bird Registrations: Participants from India – 1800+18% GST = INR 2124 (per team). Participants from Other Countries - 70 + 18% GST = USD 82.6 (per team). Standard Registrations: Participants from India – 2400 + 18% GST = INR 2832 (per team). Participants from Other Countries – 85+ 18% GST = USD 100.3 (per team)

Volume Zero and Marsception Architecture Competition would like to express our gratitude to everyone out there for sharing some amazing support. This is to bring to your notice that the deadline for registration and submissions has been pushed a little ahead thus giving you more time to work on your entries.

If you haven’t registered yet, then here is your chance at gaining worldwide recognition. The early bird registration deadline has been extended to 11:59 pm IST on 12th April, 2024.

Volume Zero Competition is back with its 2nd edition of the Marsception Architecture Competition. Calling for all architecture design students, young professionals, innovators, seasoned professionals, and others to be a part of the 23rd edition of our architecture competitions. This competition presents the opportunity to create a utopian tomorrow, making mankind a multi-planetary species.

The last few centuries have seen Mother Earth grappling with mounting pressure towards her resources due to mankind’s quest for a better life. This persistent pressure has now compounded into unpredictable and irrevocable changes to our climatic conditions and atmosphere. To relieve this mounting weight, we have been taking huge strides in our efforts to find resources on other planets like Mars for a clean and sustainable future. With the latest edition of the architecture design competition, we aim to celebrate individuality, redefine sustainability, and exalt simple, resourceful living.  Be a part of this movement; join a new wave of habitat designers!

Humans have been captivated by the mystical nature of other celestial bodies surrounding our Planet Earth. This fascination has been translated to works of astronomy, astrology, architecture, and many other studies from making a simple telescope to humankind’s first steps on the Moon. This unending drive for exploration has today led us to understand our neighboring solar systems and galaxies, thousands of light years away.

The previous decade has witnessed MARS as the center of attention for becoming a potential new habitat for the earth’s future population, resulting in a Martian race. With many visionary organizations and their ground-breaking explorative studies and research, the unseen future of inhabiting the Red Planet is now a real possibility.

“Mars is THERE, waiting to be reached.”

Buzz Aldrin {(Former Astronaut) Him and mission commander Neil Armstrong were the first two humans to land on the Moon}


We invite architects, designers, students, teachers, engineers, artists, visionaries, and everyone who believe in this unseen future and a possibility of utopian future. The participants are to create a self-sustaining living space for the initial habitants, a group of five researchers, of the Red Planet.

These researchers are to further study and explore Mars to understand its resources for inhabitation and other human necessities. The 5 researchers have been carefully selected to understand various parameters to validate the idea for the existence of life on Mars.

The participants are to design functional, sustainable spaces that cater to the needs of these five researchers.

The spaces for the program include:

Living Area

Sleeping Area for five

Cooking Area

Research Area

Interaction Spaces

Areas for Sanitation and Bath

Recreation Area

Controlled Areas for Farming

Any other spaces that the participant wishes to specify.

The participants are to select a location anywhere on the topography of Mars. With interplanetary travel for humans, not a far-fetched idea and innovations made every day to make it a reality soon. It is now time to imagine and create a new civilization.

A civilization the world has dreamt with an opportunity to design the future architectural prospect on the Red Planet for others to follow.

Mars awaits its very own ARCHITECT!


Prizes of total USD 4000 broken down as follows:

 1st Prize: USD 2000 + Certificates + Publication

2nd Prize: USD 1200 + Certificates+ Publication

3rd Prize: USD 800 + Certificates+ Publication

10 Honourable mentions: Certificates 

Winners and Honourable Mentions will be published on the Volume Zero Competitions website and in several international architecture and design magazines. 

To show our appreciation, all the participants would receive a participation certificate.


Esteemed Jury Panel for Marsception 2024 Architecture Competition-

Aroty Panyang, Studio Aro, India

Carsten Primdahl, Cebra Architecture, Denmark

Georgi Petrov, SOM, USA

Sushant Verma, rat[LAB] Studio, India

YU Ting, Wutopia Lab, China

Yuko Sono, Clouds Architecture Office, USA

Edouard Cabay, Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC), Spain

Chenchen Hu, HCCH Studio, China

Eva Bo Geisler, SPACON & X, Denmark


Early Bird Registrations: 27th January 2024 to 12th April 2024
Standard Registrations: 13th April 2024 to 9th May 2024
Last day for queries: 1st May 2024
Closing date for Submissions: 15th May 2024
Announcement of winners: 18th July 2024


Marsception 2024 – The Architecture Competition is open to all. We invite architects, students, engineers, product designers, thinkers, companies, organizations and everyone interested in the mission of the competition to submit their ideas. No professional qualifications are necessary.


Early Bird Registrations:

Participants from India – 1800+18% GST = INR 2124 (per team)

Participants from Other Countries - 70 + 18% GST = USD 82.6 (per team)

Standard Registrations:

Participants from India – 2400 + 18% GST = INR 2832 (per team)

Participants from Other Countries – 85+ 18% GST = USD 100.3 (per team)

By Naser Nader Ibrahim

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