Tour This Fantastic, Futuristic 3-D Printed Canal House

Over half of the world’s population lives in cities. The brains at DUS Architects believe 3D printing is the answer to this rapid growth of the mega town.

Photo by: DUS Architects The race for the first significant 3D printed house just got more interesting. Above is the Canal House in Amsterdam built  by DUS Architects using the humongous Kamermaker 3D printer. 

What if we can 3D print housing for 7 billion people? These Dutch architects say it’s possible.

“We were already printing with the smaller printers for a long time,” says Hedwig Heinsman of Amsterdam firm DUS Architects about its 3D Printed Canal House. “But as architects we were thinking ‘What could this actually mean for architecture?’” What if they could really print buildings? 

The question opened the door to previously out of range ideas – concrete ideas for planning and implementing design. For instance, 3D printing would allow the recycling of waste materials (yes, our trash, all those overflowing landfills, wood chips, even sand, can be the base material for homes). That’s revolutionary. The second big battle, formidable transportation costs, can be nearly eliminated. A big wave of this idea is the potential to create “unique and personalized architecture.” Your very own 3D printed bungalow.

Ideas are just whiffs of glittery promise without the nuts-and-bolts to hold them together. Enter the Kamermaker. A large-scale 3D “room-builder” the DUS architects label “the future of city building.” The same principle of small desktop 3D printers apply: each element is built layer by precise layer according to the design template, whether we’re making a necklace, a gun, orthotics, or a medical device to help a baby breathe. It’s mind-blowingly elegant. 

For instance, take a look at the Canal House. Using design software, you can play around with room plans and assemble the house to your particular needs and custom style and erect this on any site, using sustainable, strong, beautiful parts.

It’s likely we’re really getting close to “attach, print and go” homes. Now you can dream of a Lego building you can live in. 

The 3D Printed Canal House in Amsterdam is open to tour six days a week until September.

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