The race to produce the first ever 3D-printed livable building is on — and the winner could be a house as innovative as it is scary.
Dutch architect Janjaap Ruijssenaars appeared to be the frontrunner with his trippy, Labyrith-looking, Mobius-strip inspired house, but a relative newcomer, London’s Softkill Design, thinks its own prototype is more deserving of the honor.
“We actually don’t even consider [the Möbius-strip design] a 3D printed building because [architect Janjaap Ruijssenaars] is 3D printing formwork and then pouring concrete into the form,” said Softkill’s Giles Restin. ”So it’s not that the actual building is 3D printed.”
Their answer is ProtoHouse (a model of which is pictured above), which they’ve described on their website as such: “The Softkill house moves away from heavy, compression based 3D-printing of on-site buildings, instead proposing lightweight, high resolution, optimized structures which, at life scale, are manageable truck-sized pieces that can be printed off site and later assembled on site.”