January 22, 2013
Dutch Architect Building World’s First 3D-printed Landscape House
redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online
Dutch architect Janjaap Ruijssenaars of Universe Architecture is preparing to build the world's first 3D-printed house, and expects to have it completed within 18 months.
Once finished, the structure will be located at a coastal site in Ireland.
"It will be the first 3D printed building in the world. I hope it can be opened to the public when it's finished,” said Ruijssenaars, who hopes to finish construction of the house by 2014.
Designed by Italian inventor Enrico Dini, the D-Shape is potentially capable of printing a two-story building using thin layers of sand and an inorganic binder.
However, Ruijssenaars said Dini suggested printing out the form only, and filling in the "contours" of the house with fiber reinforced concrete to achieve the desired strength.
The printed house is being developed for Europan, a European competition of ideas for young spatial designers.
The competition takes place once every two years in fifteen countries, and includes the fields of architecture, urban design and landscape.
The landscape house will be a landscape in the landscape.
"The location on the coast is so beautiful that we want the design to reflect the nature,” Ruijssenaars said, referring to the Irish coast where the house will be located.
“Landscapes are endless and our question was whether we can design a home that has no beginning and no end,” he said.
Ruijssenaars has won worldwide fame with his design of a floating bed, which Time magazine named the “best invention of 2006.”