EU's first 3D-printed house is the most livable we've seen to date
Arup and CLS Architetti's much-anticipated 3D-printed house has been revealed in Milan during this year's Salone del Mobile design fair. While still just a prototype, the project looks like the most fully realized and livable 3D-printed house we've seen to date, with a larger, more complex design than other examples like the proof-of-concept from New Story and Icon.
To recap, the house, dubbed 3D Housing 05, was conceived to demonstrate the efficacy of 3D printing technology and constructed much like other 3D-printed architecture projects. A cement mixture was extruded from a nozzle in layers to build up the home's walls, before the doors, windows and other finishing touches were completed by humans.
One notable difference compared with previous 3D-printed projects we've seen is that 3D Housing 05 makes use of a robotic manipulator mounted on a movable base, instead of a typical static printer, offering increased flexibility. Designed by CyBe Construction, the bot costs €349,000 (US$432,000), so is definitely geared toward firms rather than hobbyists.
The dwelling comprises a total of 100 sq m (1,076 sq ft) of floorspace, divided into a living area with a table and chairs, a bedroom with double bed, kitchen area that includes a kitchenette and a small dining area, and a particularly plush-looking bathroom with bath, toilet, sink and seating. The interior furniture and fittings look very high-end and include brass window frames and even a chandelier.
The 3D-printed house also has a terrace roof reached by exterior steps, while some greenery softens its otherwise rough appearance.
The 3D Housing 05 project will be dismantled and relocated once Salone del Mobile comes to a close. Arup continues to be very keen on exploring 3D printing technology and is involved in other similar projects, including that 3D-printed steel bridge we recently reported on.