World’s first freeform 3D Printed House enters testing stage -min
The house is being designed by WATG’s Chicago-based team and the testing is currently being undertaken in conjunction with United States Gypsum to determine the materials needed to work as fire protection, structural reinforcement, and for the creation of the substrate that will hold the homes surface materials
World’s freeform 3-D printed house is almost a reality with the concept entering the extensive testing phase. The house is being designed by WATG’s Chicago-based team and the testing is currently being undertaken in conjunction with United States Gypsum to determine the materials needed to work as fire protection, structural reinforcement, and for the creation of the substrate that will hold the homes surface materials. Tests are also being conducted to study load bearing capabilities of beams and partial wall sections. Groundbreaking for the house is planned later in 2018.
In 2016, Branch Technology commissioned a challenge to design a 600-800 square-foot single-family home that would rethink traditional architectural aesthetics, ergonomics, construction, building systems, and structure from the ground up. Branch Technology required participants to propose conceptual solutions for all aspects of the house like, material applications, fenestration and structure. The interiors were to include a kitchen, bath, living area and one bedroom. In addition, building systems were to resolve mechanical, electrical, plumbing and lighting requirements while also allowing for passive solar design strategies. WATG’s Chicago-based team won with their unique design, ‘Curve Appeal’. The proposal captured the potential for 3D printing to revolutionise design and construction.
The design of the house consists of two main components: an interior core and exterior skin. The open and light filled interior living spaces protect occupants from the elements via passive strategies while connecting them to the exterior spaces and nature itself. The exterior skin is derived from simple yet careful calculated archways that ultimately blends with the site leaving an organic presence.
WATG is one of the world’s leading integrated design firms and ranked as 2nd in the world among hotel architectural firms. Bangalore’s Ritz Carlton is one of the prestigious clients of the firm. The multi-disciplinary design firm is best known for creating internationally acclaimed destinations in 160 countries across six continents.