EURO-CARES Extraterrestrial Sample Curation Facility: Architecture as an Enabler of Science.



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47th International Conference on Environmental Systems


EURO-CARES (European Curation of Astromaterials Returned from Exploration of Space) is a three year, multinational project, funded under the European Commission's Horizon2020 research program. A multidisciplinary team of experts from academia and industry are developing a roadmap for a European Sample Curation Facility (ESCF). The ESCF is designed to be able to receive mission return capsules, to access the containers held within and the samples, to curate and store the samples, whether they are restricted (Mars, Europa, etc.) or not (Moon, asteroid, etc.). In 2016, Master students of the Vienna University of Technology worked on a proposal for the architectural layout. In 2017, a team from Merrick and Company (Canada) joined the collaboration to create a more technologically-sound design. The project team believes that a tight collaboration between architects and scientists in the early stage of the design operations will allow to increase the functionality of such a building. However, finding a common language and defining clear requirements of what scientists expect and what architects can plan is a challenging task. Current status of the project is presented, as well as selected design proposals for the facility. Requirements and specifications from various perspectives are discussed and the design process is summarized.


Aurore Hutzler, Natural History Museum Vienna, Austria
Emre Kilic, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
Paul Langevin, Merrick & Company, Canada
James Sandy Ellis, Merrick & Company, Canada
Allan Bennett, Public Health England, United Kingdom
Ludovic Ferrière, Natural History Museum Vienna, Austria
ICES502: Space Architecture
The 47th International Conference on Environmental Systems was held in South Carolina, USA on 16 July 2017 through 20 July 2017.


Architecture, Curation, Extraterrestrial sample, Interdisciplinary design process, Mars sample, Sample Return Mission