World’s First 3D-Printed Concrete Housing Project to be Built in the Netherlands
These houses look like big stones.
The first house will feature floor space of just over 1,000 square feet and walls just under two-inches thick. It will be printed offsite and assembled on location, serving as a sort of default example from which the other structures will take inspiration. The construction teams behind the project hope that by the fifth house, they’ll be able to print the structures entirely on-site.
After the first home is constructed, the others will be relatively elaborate, with multiple stories, patios, and balconies.
Project Milestone is a collaboration between the engineers at the Technical University of Eindhoven, Van Wijnen, real estate manager Vesteda, materials firm Saint Gobain-Weber Beamix, and engineers Witteveen and Bos.
Why 3D Concrete printing? The scheme represents the potential impact of 3D-printed concrete on the construction industry, with the ability to construct almost any shape, with a variety of qualities and colors in the same building element. The process also addresses the environmental impact of construction, with the reduction in cement resulting in a decrease in CO2 emissions.
The university says 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 colours of concrete, all in a single product. This enables integration of all sorts of functions in one and the same building element.”
The use of concrete in the building of traditional structures is often enhanced by concrete sealant which acts to protect the investment from liquid damage.
The first stage is scheduled to be completed in 2019, at which point the first residents of the 3D-printed concrete tiny home community will move in.