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3D Printed House Unveiled by WATG Urban Architecture

Branch Technology’s competition to plan out a house for the future finds a winner

Jun 10, 2016 | By Staff Writer

We always have our eyes peeled for future developments that may completely revolutionize our lives – especially in a contemporary culture that’s so start-up heavy. In the car industry, we had an exhibition at the Turin Motor Show where students conceived and showcased the next wave of car designs. The US-based Branch Technology is trying out a similar concept with architecture. Their recent Freeform Home Design Challenge concluded with WATG’s Urban Architecture studio claiming the prize for a plan to create the world’s first 3D-printed residence. Their project “Curved Appeal” fits nicely into the competition’s criteria for a “single-family home that rethinks traditional aesthetics, ergonomics, construction, building systems, and structure from the bottom up”.

The entire project is based around two parts. A curved exterior forms the roof and parts of the façade. The interior — also curved — splits apart the space into areas and helps protect the inhabitants while still allowing light to come through. The structure will be crafted from 3D-printed plastic and carbon-fiber panels wrapped around glass panels. As per the criteria, all sorts of aspects like lighting, plumbing, and electricity are taken into consideration.

The production is expected to start in 2017, with Branch Technology providing the printed material (a unique mix of plastic and carbon fiber). To assemble the structure, small elements will first have to be printed out before being put together and then reinforced with spray foam and concrete. Then, glass wall panels and furnishings will be brought in.

For more interesting designs and futuristic concepts, check out WATG’s site here.

Images courtesy of WATG

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