Startup Thinking Huts partnered with architectural and 3D technology firms for the “Building Minds Project,” which will build the world’s first 3D-printed school in the Southeastern Anosy region of Madagascar. Sustainability is key, and that’s why the buildings will feature 3D-printed walls, and locally-sourced construction materials for the roof, doors, as well as windows. This area was chosen for its economic growth potential, political stability, and solar energy possibilities. Read more for additional pictures and information.
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IKEA is known for their DIY furniture, so it is no surprise that they have started making pre-built tiny houses. The Swedish company partnered with Vox Creative and RV builder Escape to make this happen, with the Boho XL Wide being their first model, which starts at $47,550 USD. Following in their hygge (cozy) style, the kitchen includes cupboards made from recycled plastic bottles, furniture built into the walls as well as a collapsible desk. Read more for a video additional pictures and information.
You’ve probably seen pictures of SQ4D’s 3D-printed home in New York, but here’s a first look inside the 1,407-square-foot structure, complete with a 2.5-car detached garage. The footings, foundation, slab, and walls are all printed by a fully custom 3D printer, called the Autonomous Robotic Construction System, that had to be designed from the ground up. However, once things got going, the walls alone took 28-hours to print, while the entire home took 8-days to finish building. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Amazon’s new $2.5-billion headquarters will be located in Arlington, Virginia, and it’s called “The Helix”. This double helix-inspired workplace aims to offer various alternative work environments for their employees amidst lush gardens and flourishing trees native to the region, or a spiraling vertical forest of sorts. The complex will consist of three 22-story office towers, multiple smaller buildings, a 250-seat outdoor amphitheater, public green space, and the 350-foot Helix. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Within the next few years, we expect many more 3D-printed homes to go up for sale, but according to Zillow, this is “the world’s first 3D printed home for sale.” Built by SQ4D Inc. using their patent-pending ARCS Technology, this innovative home features 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, and a 2.5 car detached garage over 1,400-square-feet. It was architecturally designed by nationally renowned engineering firm H2M, and built in such a way to exceed all energy efficiency codes, while also lowering energy costs. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
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Villains in the James Bond movies are known for their lavish homes, and the NCAVED House by Mold Architects falls in that category, or at least for its uniqueness. Nestled in a secluded rocky cove on Greece’s Serifos Island, this modern living space appears to be floating just above sea level. A rectangular grid was applied to the slope to create a three-dimensional “chessboard” that isolate the residence quarters. In other words, if you view it from above, the home resembles a 3D chessboard. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
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There are countless million dollar homes in Los Angeles, and then “The One,” a mega mansion that has been under construction for 8-years. It’s now complete and the current owners want to sell it for a whopping $340-million. Designed by architect Paul McClean and interior designer Kathryn Rotond, it spans 105,000-square-feet and features 21 bedrooms, 42 bathrooms, a 30-car garage, a 400-foot jogging track, a 4-lane bowling alley, and lots more. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
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Nestled in Hokkaido’s northern mountain range, the cozy YEZO retreat aims to be both eco-friendly and comfortable at the same time. To accomplish this, it boasts a combination of wood, stone, water, and light in its construction to help visitors have a serene reflective experience during their stay. Whether it be the central concrete chimney or curved roof made from glue-laminated timber beams, its minimalist build earned it the 2020 Golden Pin Design Award. Read more for a video and additional pictures.
Latvia-based startup Brette Haus has created a tiny home for those who hate staying in one place, but still want their own home. Their line of origami-inspired cabins can bet setup just about anywhere with level ground, and can be unfolded in a maximum of 3-hours, complete with a 100 folding cycle guarantee. Whether it be a permanent residence, glamping lodge, backyard office, or even a pop-up store, their three models should cover them all. Read more for a video and additional pictures of their smallest tiny home, the Rustic.
Let’s face it, 3D printing technologies have not yet advanced to the point where builders are able to print modern homes that rival the ones built by hand from the ground up. Formwork firm PERI hopes to change that with their newest detached single-family property. Located in Beckum, Germany, this home is the first 3D-printed building to become certified with a national building accreditation in the country. When completed, it will become the largest 3D-printed multi-family house in Europe spanning 380 square meters of living space. Read more for a video and additional information.