It took only 120 hours to build. We're talking about the first 3D printed liveable house made in Europe, which welcomed its owners last April 30 in the Bosrijk neighborhood of Eindhoven, Netherlands.
The construction was designed by the architecture firm Houben & Van Mierlo and is part of a larger project launched in 2018, Milestone, which involves the realization of five 3D printed housing units. A sustainable building program featuring a synergy between Eindhoven University of Technology, Van Wijnen, Saint-Gobain Weber Beamix, Vesteda, the municipality of Eindhoven and Witteveen + Bos.
"Innovation is an important pillar in the construction industry. In addition to affordable homes, the market increasingly demands innovative housing concepts," said Yasin Torunoglu, councillor for construction and spatial development of Eindhoven municipality. "3D printing techniques will define the future: rapid implementation at affordable prices is combined with complete control of the form. Innovation and research, with a focus on design, are part of this city's DNA."
The energy-efficient home is 95 square meters on one floor and consists of a living room, two bedrooms and a bathroom. The curved exterior walls were created by 3D printing several layers of concrete to form 24 components, which were transported to the site and assembled. The interiors feature walls with bare concrete, interrupted by large windows that allow light to filter into the space.
The next modules of the Milestone project, designed on multiple floors, will be built using increasingly advanced techniques, exploiting a completely on-site production in order to significantly reduce costs.
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