The Protohouse looks like something out of science fiction, but its architects say that when it’s done, it will be the first house that you can say came from a printer.
The race is on to build the first 3D-printed house. And while we recently reported on the Dutch-designed, Möbius-strip shaped house that’s aiming to be the world’s first 3D-printed building, it looks like it’s not just a one team race.
An architecture firm in London has its own plans for the world’s first 3D-printed house, and they argue that the Dutch design shouldn’t be awarded the title, even if it gets there first.
“We actually don’t even consider [the Möbius-strip design][/the] a 3D printed building because [architect Janjaap Ruijssenaars] is 3D printing formwork and then pouring concrete into the form,” Giles Restin of London’s Softkill Design told Dezeen: “So it’s not that the actual building is 3D printed.”
So is it possible that Softkill’s design ProtoHouse is more legit?
Here’s how they describe it on their website: “The Softkill house moves away from heavy, compression based 3D-printing of on-site buildings, instead proposing lightweight, high resolution, optimized structures which, at life scale, are manageable truck-sized pieces that can be printed off site and later assembled on site.” Softkill says that it’d take them three weeks to print the “seven big chunks of laser-sintered plastic” that make up the house off-site and one day to piece them all together on-site, without the need for nuts, bolts, or adhesive.
The design features long, fibrous threads of plastic, unlike other 3D printing projects which use sand or concrete. “This generates buildings with a previously unseen level of detail, and opens up the possibility of printing all architectural elements, such as structure, furniture, stairs and facade, in one instance,” according to Softkill.
via FastCoExist – ZAK STONE
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