Located on the banks of one of Amsterdam’s many canals is a building site with a difference. Architects are hoping to build Europe’s first 3D-printed house, using a 3D printer ten times bigger than an ordinary one.
The structure is made of a bio-plastic heavily based on plant oil and reinforced with microfibres, which the project’s founders say is waste-free and eco-friendly.
This not just about building a house, but about looking to the future and offering a pioneering vision of what a sustainable building industry could offer.
“It doesn’t mean that everything needs to be round or curved or crazy form but it is possible and in that way we are now discovering a new technique of the wall, integrating all kinds of necessities, let’s say, like water systems, insulation, strength, and doing that in a very smart way so we can reduce the material we need and in that sense make the house more smart,” says one of the project’s co-founders, Hans Vermeulen of Dus Architects.