Landscape House 3-D printing architecture

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3-D Printed Landscape House

Monday, January 28th, 2013

By Justin Ray

Amsterdam-based architecture firm Universe Architecture, led by Janjaap Ruijssenaars, is attempting to create the world's first 3-D printed house as early as 2014. They're calling the design Landscape House, and they will attempt this feat with a D-Shape 3-D printer to form a Möbius strip-esque building that has no beginning or end. The intention is to allow visitors to walk uninterrupted through the premises. 

Of course a project like this will require a large team. Not only are the architects working on the project but they have also hired a mathematician and artist Rinus Roelofs to conceptualize the building's design. The complicated D-Shape will be perfected by Italian inventor Enrico Dini, using layers of sand and an organic binder to make molds that will structure the frame. Each individual frame section will be injected with fiberglass and concrete, necessary to reinforce the 10,764-square-foot building.

The team will enter the structure into a Europan competition that features architecture by youthful designers in 15 countries. Ruijssenaars says the building will cost approximately 4-5 million Euros (US$5.3-6.7m) to create, but the 3-D may be used again throughout the world for large structures. He calls the design "architecture of continuity with an endless array of applicability.”


Renderings courtesy of Universe Architecture

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