Living on a new planet is challenging, but within this challenge lies various opportunities. Micro-organisms that once started life on earth, were able to developed features that not only can be optimized to our needs of habitation, but also can sustain life and protect us from the harsh conditions of  Mars. 
Among These Features the ability to protect its Nucleus by interweaving it with inner and extra Matrixes is of great importance. To Replicate this ability basically means to keep the living spaces, the nucleus, protected, by a construct of structures.
 For instance, the extracellular Matrix can be translated to a space frame structure that is reinforced with a type of Carbon Nano Tubes. The Muscles of the Cytoskeleton can be a form of a soft robotic muscles that are actuated by air supported hydraulics, and the Nucleus can be strengthened by a bi-layer air pressured skin that can help keep the integrity of the Living space and at the same time make space for needed reformations.

A Single Cell Features

Such a composition of structure and materials would result in a organic form of architecture that by essence is different from what we have been developing as modern architecture for past centuries. Among these new characteristics we can point out the Deformability of the architecture that which result in interactive adaptation of the form in the environment.

Fluid Design Approach to Cells

Site Analysis of the Martian Colony Provided by NASA

Jeanne is the name of the a famous Vertical Cavern located on slope of a giant Martian volcano Arsia Mons. This particular cavern can protect the life from harsh conditions of the surface, such as dramatic temperature changes and storms that last for months. Cushing and his co-authors published by the journal Geophysical Research Letters:
“Whether these are just deep vertical shafts or openings into spacious caverns, they are entries to the subsurface of Mars,” said co-author Tim Titus of the U.S. Geological Survey in Flagstaff. “Somewhere on Mars, caves might provide a protected niche for past or current life, or shelter for humans in the future.”

Form finding of such a structure is bound to context variables that comes with designing in a cavern and the technology variable of building String Catenary systems that are enforced by Carbon Nano Tubes. These would result in a hanging forms that support the optimal uniform gravitational force of the planet. Keep in mind that the gravity in Mars is about 0.376 of the Earth standard (or 0.376 g), a person who weighs 100 kg on Earth would weigh only 38 kg on Mars, and this would allow us to build Mega structures with much less material than what is needed on Earth.
Uniform material and structural system enables cells to differ from each other by their shapes and thickness(layers), the same process take place to create a variety of cells for different functions. Longer Cells can respond to Farm and Factory needs and the exposed indented cells can support storage and parking for Goods and means of transportation such as Drones. 

Form Finding Process of the Colony

Sectional Analysis of the Accumulated Living Spaces 

Inner relations of the dense accumulation of the cells provide unique circumstances. Access points to the cells need to be refined and so the whole approach toward what is an Entrance. These would result in a  vertical and hierarchical arrangement of the Cells which can access a common node that extends through the project. A mutual space would be center of this access routes and also the major MEP system would travel through them in the project mostly providing air and water for the people and structural integrity. Farm cascades would support the food supply and provide the centers of development on the other layers as well for the habitats.
Top View of Biodome
Top View of Biodome
Perspective View of the Colony
Perspective View of the Colony

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