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World’s First 3D-Printed Concrete Houses Are Coming To The Netherlands
By Yoon Sann Wong, 01 Jun 2018
Image by Houben/Van Mierlo architects via Eindhoven University of Technology
Not one but five 3D-printed concrete houses designated for occupancy will be erected in the city of Eindhoven, Netherlands, in this first-of-its-kind architectural and construction project.
The initiative, dubbed ‘Project Milestone’, is the combined efforts of the Eindhoven municipality, Eindhoven University of Technology, contractor Van Wijnen, real estate manager Vesteda, materials company Saint Gobain-Weber Beamix and engineering firm Witteveen+Bos.
Over the next five years, the houses will be constructed consecutively, such that fresh innovations and lessons learnt can be applied to the subsequent house.
The first single-floored entry is scheduled for occupancy by the first half of 2019. The remaining four houses will be multi-storied.
Their irregular designs, which prioritize quality and sustainability, have been made possible thanks to the capabilities of 3D-prinitng.
In a press release, the Eindhoven University of Technology explains, “3D-printing of concrete is a potential game changer in the building industry. Besides the ability to construct almost any shape, it also enables architects to design very fine concrete structures.”
“Another new possibility is to print all kinds, qualities and colors of concrete, all in a single product. This enables integration of all sorts of functions in one and the same building element. Also it becomes easy to incorporate individual wishes for every single house, at minimum extra costs.”
“Another important advantage is sustainability, as much less concrete is needed and hence much less cement, which reduces the CO2 emissions originating from cement production.”
[via Eindhoven University of Technology]
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