- A couple recently moved into a 1,012-square-foot 3D printed concrete home in the Netherlands.
- It’s one of five homes that are part of the first 3D printed concrete “commercial housing project.”
- The home’s makers say concrete 3D printed homes could help alleviate housing shortages.
On April 30, a Dutch couple began calling a 3D printed concrete house their home.
The home is located in Eindhoven in the Netherlands.
It’s the first of five 3D printed homes under Project Milestone, a collaboration among the Eindhoven University of Technology, the municipality, industry experts, architects, and several private companies.
Project Milestone serves as the world’s first 3D printed concrete “commercial housing project,” according to its maker.
The five homes are being built one at a time, which allows the makers to apply learnings from previous builds into each new home. Each house is meant to be more complex than its predecessors.
The housing crisis has been escalating in recent years, especially in the US.
The project’s teams hope to make 3D concrete printing a sustainable home-building option to help alleviate housing shortages, according to its makers.
Source: 3D Printed House
Creating a 3D printed home is often seen as more sustainable and faster than traditional homebuilding …
… especially because the precise printer used in Project Milestone uses less concrete than traditional construction methods.
Aesthetics-wise, the printer can also create a more creative and nontraditional home, as seen with this new boulder-shaped house.
“In addition to affordable homes, the market increasingly demands innovative housing concepts,” Yasin Torunoglu, the housing and spatial development alderman at the municipality of Eindhoven, said in a press release.
“With the 3D printed home, we’re now setting the tone for the future: the rapid realization of affordable homes with control over the shape of your own house,” Torunoglu continued.
As of now, 3D printed homes aren’t more affordable than “traditional” homes despite reduced labor costs. But it’s a goal the project is working toward.
This new home is made up of 24 concrete pieces that were printed at a printing plant.
The pieces were then trucked to the home’s final site and assembled on the house’s foundation.
A roof and frames were later added.
The homes are described as durable despite this multipiece process: The units are meant to serve as functioning homes for a few decades.
The 3D printed bungalow is now owned by Vesteda, a real-estate investor. It’ll be rented out to private occupants via six-month contracts at about $1,400 a month.
The home is now occupied by two retirees from Amsterdam, The Guardian reported.
Source: The Guardian
“It has the feel of a bunker – it feels safe,” Harrie Dekkers, one of the occupants, told The Guardian.
Now, let’s take a look at the home.
The almost 1,012-square-foot home has a living room, a kitchen, and two bedrooms.
Its distinct “large boulder-shaped” appearance was designed to fit into its surroundings and show off the 3D printer’s ability to create free-formed buildings.
The unit’s curved walls and spaces are different from spaces of other 3D printed homes.
Besides its eccentric shape, the interior of the concrete home doesn’t look any different from that of a traditional home.
The front door can be locked and unlocked using a digital key.
Source: The Guardian
It’s also well insulated and comes with connections to a heating system, similar to any modern home.
The home is also full of large windows for more natural light.
The living room has an open concept …
… which means the kitchen space opens out into the conjoined dining and living room.
There’s even room for a home office inside one of the two bedrooms.
And of course, there’s a bathroom with necessities like sinks and a shower.
The first unit stands at one story tall. But future homes in Project Milestone are expected to be multilevel.
The fifth home in the project, which will be two stories tall, will be printed on-site.