Stay in This 3D-Printed Tiny House

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By Heather Corcoran / Published by Dwell
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In Amsterdam, DUS Architects create a recyclable urban retreat. Learn more at houseofdus.com 

The architects used a number of different geometric designs on the facade to showcase the variety that can be achieved with the technique, while also optimizing insulation and material consumption.

The architects used a number of different geometric designs on the facade to showcase the variety that can be achieved with the technique, while also optimizing insulation and material consumption.

A pebble path echoes the patterns of the printed cells and the concrete that fills them.

A pebble path echoes the patterns of the printed cells and the concrete that fills them.

The architects see 3D printing as a way to address housing shortages and to provide emergency housing in case of emergency.

The architects see 3D printing as a way to address housing shortages and to provide emergency housing in case of emergency.

A detail of the concrete-filled printed structure.

A detail of the concrete-filled printed structure.

Just like smaller-scale printing projects, DUS's extra-large designs are created by depositing a material layer by layer.

Just like smaller-scale printing projects, DUS's extra-large designs are created by depositing a material layer by layer.

The structure clocks in at just under 90 square feet, and is made entirely of bioplastic.

The structure clocks in at just under 90 square feet, and is made entirely of bioplastic.

The site also includes a sculptural bathtub set outside the house—3D printed, of course.

The site also includes a sculptural bathtub set outside the house—3D printed, of course.

DUS Architects has made investigating on-demand custom housing solutions a primary concern. The Urban Cabin is made of a bio-plastic made of linseed oil that can be shredding and recycled into a new printed project.

DUS Architects has made investigating on-demand custom housing solutions a primary concern. The Urban Cabin is made of a bio-plastic made of linseed oil that can be shredding and recycled into a new printed project.

The project is a bit of a preview of the firm's full-size 3D-Print Canal House, which Dus Architects announced in 2013. That project is nearing its final stages and may be realized in 2017. 3dprintcanalhouse.com

The project is a bit of a preview of the firm's full-size 3D-Print Canal House, which Dus Architects announced in 2013. That project is nearing its final stages and may be realized in 2017. 3dprintcanalhouse.com

The structure has just enough space for a single bed, which folds into a couch when not in use.

The structure has just enough space for a single bed, which folds into a couch when not in use.

The Urban Cabin includes a sofa that doubles as a twin bed, a small porch and amble glazing.

The Urban Cabin includes a sofa that doubles as a twin bed, a small porch and amble glazing.

According to DUS Architects, the Urban Cabin is an example of tiny dwellings addressing large housing issues.

According to DUS Architects, the Urban Cabin is an example of tiny dwellings addressing large housing issues.

The textured surface reveals the 3D-printing technique.

The textured surface reveals the 3D-printing technique.

The Urban Cabin is a research project for DUS's larger-scale investigations into 3D-printed architecture. It is made almost completely of a bio-plastic that can be shredded and printed into new objects at the end of its lifecycle.

The Urban Cabin is a research project for DUS's larger-scale investigations into 3D-printed architecture. It is made almost completely of a bio-plastic that can be shredded and printed into new objects at the end of its lifecycle.

A small porch offers a perch for enjoying the micro park.

A small porch offers a perch for enjoying the micro park.

A 3D-printed bathtub with a Vola spout sits within the pocket park.

A 3D-printed bathtub with a Vola spout sits within the pocket park.

Concrete was used to stabilize the structure and provide a durable flooring surface.

Concrete was used to stabilize the structure and provide a durable flooring surface.

The Urban Cabin sits within a pocket park complete with poplar trees designed by Delva Landscape and Boomkwekerij Ebben.

The Urban Cabin sits within a pocket park complete with poplar trees designed by Delva Landscape and Boomkwekerij Ebben.

To rent the cabin for a short stay, intrepid guests can contact Dus Architects at info@houseofdus.com

To rent the cabin for a short stay, intrepid guests can contact Dus Architects at info@houseofdus.com