3D printed architecture, Eindhoven University of Technology, Saint-Gobain

World’s first 3D concrete-printed commercial housing project to be built in Eindhoven

The world’s first 3D concrete-printed commercial housing project is to be built in the Dutch city of Eindhoven. The first of five planned houses is due to start construction this year. The units were developed by a collaborative team including the Eindhoven University of Technology and will be purchased and let out by a real estate company upon completion.

The first house will be a single-floor, three-room house measuring 95m2, while the remaining four will be multi-storey units. The irregular shape of the buildings mimic the erratic blocks in the surrounding green landscape. It has been made possible due to the flexibility of form permitted by 3D-printing.

Based on a series of advanced research and innovation undertakings, the first house will be printed at the university, while aiming to shift the entire process to the construction site for the fifth unit.

Such a scheme will likely have a far-reaching impact on the construction industry as 3D-printed concrete allows the opportunity to construct almost any shape, in a variety of quantities and colours in the same building element. It is also being hailed as an environment-friendly choice of material since it uses less cement and therefore, decreases the CO2 emission rates.

It is the latest experiment in 3D-printing to come from the Eindhoven University of Technology, following  the construction of the world’s first 3D-printed concrete bridge in 2017. The Netherlands is also going ahead with the construction of the world’s first 3D-printed metal bridge in Amsterdam.

The first housing unit is expected to be ready for occupation by mid-2019. Eindhoven University of Technology collaborated with several partners on this project, among whom one of the most notable names is French materials company Saint-Gobain. The latter recently concluded the international final of its 14th MultiComfort House Students Contest in Dubai, in association with Dubai Municipality.

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