Top 3D printed housing and construction projects

05Oct16

By Tess

Top 3D printed housing and construction project #2: Dubai’s 3D printed office

Next up is Dubai’s very own, and the world’s very first 3D printed office building, which was constructed in just 17 days. Built from a mixture of cement and other building additives, and built using a 3D printing platform that measured 20 feet high, 120 feet long, and 40 feet wide, the office space was unveiled in May 2016 and is already up and running. The 3D printed office is currently serving as the temporary work space for the Dubai Future Foundation and is located in the vicinity of the Emirates Towers. Also notable about this amazing project is that not only was the office’s sleek exterior structure made with 3D printing, but its interior components, even including its electrical, water, and telecommunications systems were all made with the help of 3D printing technologies.

Top 3D printed housing and construction project #5: Ruijssenaars’ 3D printed Landscape House

While this particular project hasn’t been realized yet it is still one of our favorites, as it shows how 3D printing can open the doors for not only more efficient building practices but also for seemingly impossible building designs. The Landscape House, conceived of and designed by Dutch architect Janjaap Ruijssenaars in 2013, has kept up excitement over the past few years through the unveiling of a 3D printed bench inspired by its design, as well as the creation of the 3D Builder, a freeform concrete 3D printer. This machine, which was developed by Universe Architecture and construction company BAM, will help to finally build Ruijssenaars’ stunning and seemingly endless Landscape House.

Top 3D printed housing and construction project #7: WATG 3D printed Curve Appeal home

Curve Appeal, a 3D printed home design, was the winner of the Freeform Home Design Challenge earlier this year, which means that it will soon be a reality. The innovative design was conceived of by Chicago architecture firm WATG and its construction will reportedly begin in 2017 thanks to Chattanooga, Tennessee based startup Branch Technology, which was responsible for initiating the Freeform Home Design Challenge. In fact, the Curve Appeal home was designed specifically to be made with Branch Technology’s Cellular Fabrication (C-Fab) 3D printing technique, which creates freeform structures that an easily be combined with other construction materials. The innovative design was a clear winning choice with its nuanced and organically inspired curved structure.

Top 3D printed housing and construction project #9: Beijing’s 3D printed Vulcan Pavilion

Though not a house, Beijing’s amazing 3D printed Vulcan Pavilion simply had to be included on our list. The enormous structure, which measures 2.88 meters in height and spans 8.08 meters in length, currently holds the Guinness World Record for the largest 3D printed pavilion ever made. The Vulcan Pavilion’s design was inspired by the clouds created by a volcanic explosion and its organic curves and great scale do certainly work to invoke a sense of wonder. The giant 3D printed installation, which was made from over 1000 3D printed components took 30 days and 20 large scale 3D printers to make. The Vulcan Pavilion was unveiled last year for Beijing Design Week.

Top 3D printed housing and construction project #10: ORNL’s AMIE initiative

Our readers will doubtlessly recognize ORNL, also known as the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, as the organization has been responsible for a number of breakthrough advancements in the field of 3D printing technologies not least of which is their AMIE project, which consists of a sustainable 3D printed home and motorized vehicle. To design the innovative 3D printed house, ORNL partnered with architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM), who conceived of a building which is made up of a number of versatile 3D printed polymer panels which occupy various functions such as insulation, exterior structure, and air and moisture barriers. The project is meant to showcase the future potentials of sustainable, off-the-grid human living with a house that can be built with little to no waste and can be powered by its accompanying vehicle.

Top 3D printed housing and construction project #17: Emerging Objects’ Saltygloo and 3D printed cement pavilion

Next on our list are two projects that were brought to us by California design studio Emerging Objects, who really never fail to impress. The first, which was developed in 2014, is a truly remarkable project as Emerging Objects designed a house 3D printed out of an innovative salt-based material called Saltygloo. While the house itself was not fully realized, the design team still impressed with its full size prototypes of 3D printed Saltygloo structures, which were notable for their amazing transluscent qualities. In 2015, Emerging Objects came out with another 3D printed construction project which wowed us equally: a 9 foot tall (2.74 meters) concrete pavilion named Bloom. The pavilion is slightly different from other 3D printed concrete structures we’ve seen, however, as it was constructed out of 840 individually 3D printed blocks. Evoking a blooming flower, the impressive pavilion was printed out of an iron oxide-free cement-polymer composite and was unveiled in March of last year in Berkeley, California.

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