Design unveiled for the first freeform 3D printed house


Architect WATG has won a design competition for the world’s first freeform 3D printed house.

freeform 3D printed house

The Freeform Home Design Challenge aims to investigate how “3D printing technologies can improve our built environment and lives today.”

The competition, launched by Branch Technology, was to design a 600-800 square-foot single family home that would “rethink traditional architectural aesthetics, ergonomics, construction, building systems, and structure from the ground up”.

The design of the “Curve Appeal” project consists of two main components, an interior core and exterior skin.

freeform 3D printed house 1

Branch Technology required participants to propose conceptual solutions for all aspects of the house.

Applications were asked to consider material applications, fenestration and structure.

The interiors were to include a kitchen, bath, living area and one bedroom.

Building systems were to resolve mechanical, electrical, plumbing and lighting requirements while also allowing for passive solar design strategies.

Platt Boyd, Branch Technology Founder, said: “Curve Appeal is a very thoughtful approach to the design of our first house.

“It responds well to the site conditions, magnifies the possibilities of cellular fabrication and pushes the envelope of what is possible while still utilizing more economical methods for conventional building systems integration.”

freeform 3D printed house 2

3D printing of the project is expected to begin in 2017, while the first 3D printed office is already built in Dubai.


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