20 April 2014 Carlos García Garzón

Work begins on the world’s first 3D-printed house

Dus Architects has developed KamerMaker (Room Maker), a 3D printer that has the ability to print large sections of buildings, up to 2 x 2 x 3.5 meters. Pieces of bioplastic can be stacked and interconnected like LEGO bricks, setting up multi-storey houses that can be tailored according to the needs of users. For the first project, the architects have taken inspiration from traditional Dutch canal house, replacing masonry with “a facade of plastic blocks, programmed via digital systems.”

Despite the innovative system, the blocks have to be backed with lightweight concrete, which means it is not yet sufficiently biodegradable as its creators would like. However, its potential to change the game is already causing great interest among the public; More than 2,000 people have been visiting the site, including Barack Obama

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