Gallery: ProtoHouse: A Cantilevered, Fibrous Home Created With a 3D Pri...


It was only a matter of time before 3D-printed houses started popping up, but Softkill Design’s fibrous ProtoHouse wasn’t exactly what we all had in mind. Eschewing the conventional solid house, the London-based firm printed a 1:33 model of a fibrous cave-like dwelling made using a bone growth formula that only puts material where it is structurally necessary. Because water can easily enter the home, waterproofing was added on the inside!

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  1. Jessica May 10, 2014 at 3:07 am

    This project is absolutely phenomenal, and it is really positive to see something so different to other forms of contemporary architecture being generated by a 3D printer. The spaces are incredibly sculptural and I love the way the surfaces are porous. It truly is like a modern interpretation of the cave or grotto. I am currently researching whether the grotto can be reinterpreted in contemporary design, and despite not being designed as a grotto, this design certainly presents itself as a grotto-like environment.

    It is a common theme amongst architects seeking to generate a new type of grotto to turn to organic formulas such as Aranda/Lasch’s ‘Grotto Concept,’ or MetaLAB Architecture + Fabrication’s ‘Grotto for New Harmony.’ It is nice to see that this concept could easily be adapted to create a grotto inspired architecture.

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