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07/09/2016

In Amsterdam, a mini 3D printed house

DUS Architects studio designed the new 3D printed building, which stands out in the former industrial area of the Dutch capital, so as to transforming it from a large empty space into an “urban haven”, including a garden and an outdoor freestanding bathtub. Urban Cabin - this is the name of the building - represents an example of a compact and sustainable housing solution, custom-tailored for temporary stays in the city. The house of just 8 square meters and 23 cubic meters is entirely printed with bio-plastic 3D technology, completely recyclable and printable again in the following years.

The design is ingenious and playful: it explores the relationships between indoor and outdoor spaces and brings the smart luxury in a minimum space, where the sofa becomes easily a double bed. The black color bio-based material has been specifically shaped to present different types of façade with an ornamental character, a perfect optimization of shape and intelligent solutions for the thermal-acoustic insulation, so as to reduce the waste of raw material. The floor and the external extension resembling a portico are assembled by means of a pattern concrete coating that extends up to create a small pedestrian path in the outdoor area.

Among the greenery surrounding the Urban Cabin, you can also use the modern bathtub enjoying the view.

The project, developed by the Department 3D Print Living Lab by DUS Architects, follows the architectural trend “tiny house” according to which small houses are the key to solve the great housing problems, even more taking advantage of the 3D building techniques, particularly functional to the creation of ad hoc environments in disaster areas and to make up for the rapid global population growth.