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According to Universe Today (This article and its images were originally posted on Universe Today November 15, 2018 at 05:25PM.)
The architectural design behind Japan’s new space research center is mind-boggling. The futuristic building will incorporate elements of spacecraft design, which emphasize light weight and high functionality. The whole thing will be suspended over a man-made, Moon-like crater.
The building will be a robotics research center that’s part of the Avatar X space research campus on the island of Kyushu. It’s designed by Clouds Architecture Office, a New York firm known for the Staten Island 9/11 memorial, and for working with NASA to develop the Mars Ice House.
The building site is an old mine that will be excavated and shaped to look like a crater on the Moon. The research center will be elevated 18 meters above the crater, by steel cables. The building itself will be constructed out of transparent and translucent panels of fluoropolymer membrane wrapped around a steel frame.
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