An in-progress 3-D printed house could impact the future of urban housing. Read Full Article
"Why a canal house? It's not only the ornament and facade; it's especially its program. It was always a place for trade, living, working, storage, and being open to the world," says Hans Vermeulen, DUS Architects co-founder. "We think 3-D printing can be the technique to provide good housing to billions of people on this planet." Photo courtesy DUS Architects.
"We think Kammermakers can be built around the globe to print solutions that can respond to local contexts, with local materials," says Vermeulen of the room-printing machine. Fellow co-founder Martine De Wit adds, "It's really research and design by doing. We continuously improve the design, which has an effect on the printer, which has an effect on the materials, which has an effect on the structure." Photo courtesy DUS Architects.
DUS is also working on incorporating recycled plastics into a more sustainable, bio-based 3-D printing material that's made especially for larger scaled architecture. Photo courtesy of DUS Architects.
"The rooms are first tested out on the small printers," says DUS Architects co-founder Hedwig Heinsman. "Once the file is completely finalized, we send it to the big printer. The technique in the small printer is the same as the big one so we can use the same files." Photo courtesy of DUS Architects.
The first room of the project, currently a three meter-high, 180-kilogram sample, is on track to be completed this summer, and the entire site is open to the public to view the progress and welcome ideas. Photo courtesy of DUS Architects.