Janjaap Ruijssenaars' design can be printed from sand 'just by pressing enter'. But is this high-speed construction a step in the right direction?
This article titled “Will 3D-printed houses stand up as architecture?” was written by Oliver Wainwright, for guardian.co.uk on Tuesday 22nd January 2013 15.28 UTC
3D-printing may have been used for a long time in the world of architecture, allowing visionaries to conjure ever more elaborate and unbuildable forms from the ether. But the technology has never been used to build anything bigger than a prototype model.
This could all be set to change, now that Dutch architect Janjaap Ruijssenaars has unveiled designs for the world’s first 3D-printed house. The Landscape House takes the form of a continuous looping Möbius strip, rising out of the ground before folding back on itself in a seamless undulating band. Its complex geometries are not made of reinforced cast concrete, however, but layers of printed sand.