Amsterdam-based Universe Architecture, led by its principal Janjaap Ruijssenaars, is preparing to build the world’s first 3D-printed house! Several 6×9-meter pieces will be printed out using a D-Shape 3D Printer and assembled to form a Möbius strip-shaped structure. The house, initially designed for the biennial Europan architecture competition, is expected to be completed sometime in 2014.
The house was designed in collaboration between Janjaap Ruijssenaars and mathematician and artist Rinus Roelofs, with the intention of creating a continuous movement through a residential space and out onto the surrounding landscape.
It was a house in Ireland,” said Ruijssenaars, explaining the origins of the design. “The location on the coast is so beautiful that we want the design to reflect the nature. Landscapes are endless and our question was whether we can design a home that has no beginning and no end.”
The architects intend to use one of the largest printers out there to fabricate 6×9-meter pieces which will then interlock to form the entire house. The fabrication process will begin by creating molds which will make up the structure’s frames out of mixture of sand and binding agent. Each frame which will then be filled with fiberglass and concrete and assembled to create a house that looks like a thing of light and air.