Inventing Architecture. ICON’s House Zero sets the standard for what 3D printing can bring to the world. Constructed by ICON, pioneer in advanced construction technologies and large-scale 3D printing robotics, “House Zero,” was 3D printed by a 9500 pound robot and designed by the award-winning firm, Lake|Flato Architects known for their sustainable designs. Featuring an elevated architectural and energy efficient design that highlights the benefits of resiliency and sustainability, this digitally native approach to home design pushes the boundaries of what is possible with architecture through automated construction only achievable through 3D printing.
The 2,000+ sq-ft, 3 bedroom/2.5 bath home and a 350 sq-ft, a 1 bedroom/1 bath accessory dwelling unit, features ICON’s resilient 3D-printed wall system which replaces a building system traditionally made up of multiple steps saving time, waste and cost. The walls of the home are made with a proprietary cementitious-based material dubbed “Lavacrete,” insulation, and some steel for reinforcing. Lavacrete provides thermal mass that slows heat transfer into the home and the combination of thermal mass, increased insulation, and an airtight wall increases the energy efficiency and reduces lifecycle costs.
“House Zero” is the first project within ICON’s Exploration Series—homes to cooperatively develop new design languages and architectural vernaculars with world-class architects based on the opportunities created by construction scale 3D printing.
“House Zero” is a compelling and climate-responsive new home connecting its inhabitants to a native Texas landscape and an evolving Austin neighborhood fabric. Built for permanence and resilience, the plan allows for the flexibility of ever-evolving patterns of living and aging-in-place that a family experiences over the course of a lifetime.