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A little cottage on the moon

Posted by Kevin Hartnett June 10, 2014 02:18 PM

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If you're looking for a house with some land and a nice view, is there any better location than the moon? Swedish artist and entrepreneur Mikael Genberg doesn't intend to become a real estate mogul, but he is laying plans to build the first ever lunar house. The Moonhouse, as it's called, is fifteen years in the making, and is set to launch in October 2015- that is, if Genberg can crowdfundraise the $15 million to build the structure and send it into space. The house itself will be made from a special "space-cloth" stretched over a carbon frame. Following touchdown aboard an unmanned lunar lander, it will self-construct in under fifteen minutes, inflating with gas until it reaches full-size (three feet wide, two feet deep, two-and-half feet tall). The house will weigh ten kilograms and be painted falu red, the color of traditional Swedish country houses, cutting a fancifully quaint contrast with its otherworldly location. Even if The Moonhouse never comes to pass, it does kindle a sense of yearning: In a day and age where every square inch of America is spoken for, it's intoxicating to think there are still places in the universe where you can build freely, if you can get to them.

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Images courtesy of The Moonhouse.

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