Would you want to live in this 3D-printed home?
It looks like a home straight out of science fiction, but it’s set to become science fact. Concept images for the world’s first “freeform” 3D-printed house are impressing designers and architects the world over, and it’s currently under construction.
While the sweeping curves and extensive glass are easily the most striking aspects of the house, what’s truly amazing is how it will be built. The house will be made completely of 3D printed materials which will be constructed off-site, then brought on site to be slotted together. This will include the walls, roof, and core interior.
The four main sections will be hoisted onto the foundation, presumably using cranes or perhaps hundreds of aerial drones (this is the future, after all), and then carefully assembled by a team of artisans. Glass, appliances, and barstools will be installed afterward.
This isn’t the first structure to be made using 3D-printing—you can see tons of tiny boxes online using a quick Google search—but this is the first 3D-printed home to be made entirely by freeform architecture. Freeform, in this case, means that the designer didn’t follow the normally rigorously mathematical process of planning a building, and instead put shapes into a computer and let the computer sort out all the complicated bits like load-bearing walls, plumbing, and other important architectural stuff.
That's a gross oversimplification, but you get the idea.
The house, called “Curve Appeal,” is set to be constructed in Chattanooga Tennessee later this year. It’s not huge—only 1000 sq ft—but it has everything you need, including a small living room adjacent the very open-concept kitchen and bar, a relatively spacious bedroom and single bathroom.
"This building serves as a demonstration project that seeks to promote partnerships for the emerging industry of 3D printing in construction," says Branch Technology, the company building the house, on their website.
"This work showcases the conceptual design work for the world’s first freeform 3D printed house to be built by Branch Technology in Chattanooga, TN. The design work came out the Freeform Home Design Challenge, a competition to design a single family dwelling that leveraged 3D printing technologies."
No word yet on the price tag, but given the fact there’s an Audi R8 in the driveway, it’s probably not cheap.