DUS Architects Canal House in 3D Print in Amsterdam
Is 3D-printing the future of housebuilding?
A real canalhouse on the IJpromenade in Amsterdam North. Made in 3D printing. That is the mission of DUS architects. Zero waste, lower transport costs and recyclable materials. Dutch architects are putting the process to the test for the first time in Amsterdam. It is made using a “KamerMaker” machine, a giant, custom-made version of a desktop 3D printer that produces a material 10 times thicker than normal.
It looks futuristic impressive. Site huts, fences, light poles, and large silver block where the magic happens with a maintained constant back-and-forth of “builders”. The architects have so far produced a 3m-high sample corner of their future house, printed as a single piece weighing 180kg. It is one of the building blocks that will be stacked up like Lego bricks. The large plastic blocks look like little more than oversized liquorice candy or a confusing attempt at surrealist art.
The proces will take the next three years to form a 13-room complex, modelled on a traditional Dutch gabled canal house, but with hand-laid bricks replaced by a faceted plastic facade, scripted by computer software. Meanwhile, we can follow the daily progress. Wondering how it ultimately going to be living in a printed house.
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