Sunday, December 5

This Austin neighborhood is not going to be built, it will be 3D printed

What you see in the image above is a typical neighborhood of American single-family houses, projected to be built in the Texas city of Austin. Its peculiarity is that technically it will not be built, but will be 3D printed. The “works” begin next year.

Print the base to later place roof, doors and furniture

The printing process is not far from 3D printers that we are used to seeing, but on a large scale. Images reveal printers with two large columns spanning the entire width of each one of the hundred houses that will make up the neighborhood, which will move thanks to two side rails and with the central part moving perpendicularly to draw the structure of the house’s walls.

The material they will use is a special cement mix, which will adopt a laminated design very characteristic of 3D prints. A second phase of the works will require human and manual labor to install the roof, doors, windows and other facilities. When completed, the neighborhood will be the largest 3D printed construction in the world.

Bjarke Ingels Group has been in charge of the design of the houses, although there are still no concrete plans or details such as the number of rooms they will have. What is known is that each house will have only one floor, and that the roofs will have solar panels that will provide clean energy to the habitants. Its leaders defend it as a “physically and aesthetically unique” neighborhood of houses.

The exact area of ‚Äč‚ÄčAustin in which this neighborhood will be built has not yet been decided, but the price of each home is expected to around half a million dollars. A quick look a Zillow, a popular American real estate portal, reveals that houses in that city are close to that price and exceed it in wealthier neighborhoods.