Stay in This 3D-Printed Tiny House

In Amsterdam, DUS Architects create a recyclable urban retreat. Learn more at 

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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 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 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.

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


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