The world’s first freeform 3D-printed home just got one step closer to fruition. Designed by WATG Urban, the Curve Appeal home won the Freeform Home Design Challenge in 2016 – and it’s slated to break ground this year after a research and development phase. The futuristic home will be the first of its kind, and it features a complex blend of curved angles and glazed windows.
The home’s construction is slated for a heavily wooded lot just steps away from the Tennessee River in Chattanooga. Although the design envisioned a strong futuristic aesthetic, the elongated arching structure with glazed walls is actually designed to provide a strong connection to nature through its open-plan living spaces and optimal natural light. Inspired by the Case Study Houses, a program developed between 1945-1966, the 3D-printed home is designed to use minimal materials.
Since winning the competition, the architects have been working along with 3D specialists, Branch Technology to create the sophisticated structure. The company is known for its innovative 3D technology that can create complex forms rarely seen in other 3D projects. According to the company “The arching form provides structural rigidity to the residence, using various spring points throughout the floor plan, allowing the structure to carry roof loads and provide large open-plan living spaces, shaping structures in new ways without any restrictions.”
According to the Chicago-based architects, Curve Appeal is the next evolutionary step in the world of modern residential design and could lead sustainable architecture into the next generation. The architects and Branch Technology are researching various materials to create a sustainable construction process, including using gypsum materials in the printed structure as fire protection, structural reinforcement and wall finishing. They have also met with a structural design firm to create a passive mechanical system for the home with the objective of making the design a net zero energy structure.
Images via WATG Urban
Source : https://inhabitat.com/worlds-first-freeform-3d-printed-house-to-break-ground-this-year/