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Maurice Fabien Nitsche

Infra x Typos

http://www.mauricefabiennitsche.de

Gerwigstraße 19, Karlsruhe, Germany
Born in Karlsruhe, i studied Architecture there at the KIT. While working freelance for competitions, visualizations and modelmaking, i studied at the TU Vienna in the field of building construction and space architecture. For my graduation i chose to work on the future infrastructural and architectural typologies for human civilization. For the resulting design i was awarded the faculty's price, nominated for the Rossmann Scholarship, the YTAA 2018 and winner of the Preis der Stadt Karlsruhe.

From Frontiers to New Lands


A new Spaceport in Gibraltar

From Frontiers to New Lands


A new Spaceport in Gibraltar
Heading into a new era of space travelling, private companies develop more effective and reusable rockets. A new typology is necessary!
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  • New areas of operation

Frontiers is a catalogue, which discusses the past conquests of spaces and borders in mankind‘s history. Considering the status quo in space travelling, with the advancements in the private sector, shows the necessity of a new architectural typology. In an overall concept a new spaceport within a network of other spaceports is needed. By different parameters the spaceport is placed on the peninsula of Gibraltar. Derived from architectural and infrastructural elements on the peninsula and space technology a new typology resulted, which can be delivered by rocket parts and start new rockets in space. Arriving resources from space will be tested in the labs in the mountain. The spaceport consists of a laid steel hall, the working hall and the rocket bays, at those the working hall can be driven up and down, and a massive and enclosured concrete tower. Additionally the main element of the eastern part of the peninsula has a pier, which connects the port with the starting and landing pad.


Mankind's discovery and conquerism of spaces and borders repeat themselves. 'Frontiers' is a catalogue about this topic. Currently we as mankind are at the verge of a new scale, the age of post-globalization arises. While new private companies take over space travelling by more effective and reusable rockets, our base infrastructure has to adapt to this new ideas.

Building a new typology of spaceport, means to build up a more effective network of spaceports worldwide. Based on the idea to add a new spaceport to the current existing ones, the new typology is set on Gibraltar, a peninsula close to the equator. Profiting by the nearby infrastructures, the unsettled eastern part is optimal for this usage.

The spaceport consists of the former munition caves reused as lab for imported goods and resources from space, the tower for administrative functions, the movable working hall on the construction bays and the landing-/starting pads on water. The mountain is connected to the tower over a bridge.

The three main floors are the coworkers place in the tower with the disassembly hall, the Mission Control (gathering all units in the house) with the assembly hall and finally the public floor going from the tower through the working hall, to ensure a visible access for visitors.

The bays are based on a solid concrete construction in the water. While the working hall can be driven down to take out the finished rockets, several layers on top of the base on the level of working hall work as interchangeable insets to adapt to different kinds of rockets and its manufacturers.

From Frontiers to New Lands


A new Spaceport in Gibraltar

From Frontiers to New Lands


A new Spaceport in Gibraltar
Heading into a new era of space travelling, private companies develop more effective and reusable rockets. A new typology is necessary!
File under
Type of project
  • New areas of operation

Frontiers is a catalogue, which discusses the past conquests of spaces and borders in mankind‘s history. Considering the status quo in space travelling, with the advancements in the private sector, shows the necessity of a new architectural typology. In an overall concept a new spaceport within a network of other spaceports is needed. By different parameters the spaceport is placed on the peninsula of Gibraltar. Derived from architectural and infrastructural elements on the peninsula and space technology a new typology resulted, which can be delivered by rocket parts and start new rockets in space. Arriving resources from space will be tested in the labs in the mountain. The spaceport consists of a laid steel hall, the working hall and the rocket bays, at those the working hall can be driven up and down, and a massive and enclosured concrete tower. Additionally the main element of the eastern part of the peninsula has a pier, which connects the port with the starting and landing pad.


Mankind's discovery and conquerism of spaces and borders repeat themselves. 'Frontiers' is a catalogue about this topic. Currently we as mankind are at the verge of a new scale, the age of post-globalization arises. While new private companies take over space travelling by more effective and reusable rockets, our base infrastructure has to adapt to this new ideas.

Building a new typology of spaceport, means to build up a more effective network of spaceports worldwide. Based on the idea to add a new spaceport to the current existing ones, the new typology is set on Gibraltar, a peninsula close to the equator. Profiting by the nearby infrastructures, the unsettled eastern part is optimal for this usage.

The spaceport consists of the former munition caves reused as lab for imported goods and resources from space, the tower for administrative functions, the movable working hall on the construction bays and the landing-/starting pads on water. The mountain is connected to the tower over a bridge.

The three main floors are the coworkers place in the tower with the disassembly hall, the Mission Control (gathering all units in the house) with the assembly hall and finally the public floor going from the tower through the working hall, to ensure a visible access for visitors.

The bays are based on a solid concrete construction in the water. While the working hall can be driven down to take out the finished rockets, several layers on top of the base on the level of working hall work as interchangeable insets to adapt to different kinds of rockets and its manufacturers.


Idea by

Maurice Fabien Nitsche
Infra x Typos
Gerwigstraße 19
Karlsruhe
Germany
Born in Karlsruhe, i studied Architecture there at the KIT. While working freelance for competitions, visualizations and modelmaking, i studied at the TU Vienna in the field of building construction and space architecture. For my graduation i chose to work on the future infrastructural and architectural typologies for human civilization. For the resulting design i was awarded the faculty's price, nominated for the Rossmann Scholarship, the YTAA 2018 and winner of the Preis der Stadt Karlsruhe.