We’ve covered our fair share of stories about 3D printing, including co-working spaces, installations, and even chocolate bars, but surprisingly, we have yet to write about anything as ambitious as a 3D-printed house. Designed by Dutch architect Janjaap Ruijssenaars, the Landscape House is notable for its coiled, acrobatic form---with double-curved walls and twisting floorplates---which would prove an impossibility using conventional concrete construction methods. That's why Ruijssenaars resolved to build (or theoretically build) his zany home using a 3D printer.
Hailing from Universe Architecture in Amsterdam, Ruijssenaars developed the home as a möbius strip, with the house consisting of one long, twisting corridor of living spaces. The “endless” home, says Ruijssenaars, was inspired both by the merging of inside and outside and the blurring of the empirical line between "beginning"and "end," epitomized, at least for the architect, by the infinitude of natural landscapes. The structure was designed to be constructed out of separate pieces, each measuring 6x9 metres, locked together to create one topological frame. Fiberglass and concrete would be sandwiched in between the floor and ceilings to augment the frame's structural capacity. Created for the Europan design competition, which highlights the work of young designers, the Landscape House was designed by Ruijssenaars with the help of artist and mathematician Rinus Roelofs.
Images via Universe Architecture
[via Yahoo News Canada]