Now you can buy a house in America’s first 3D printed neighborhood
The first four 3D printed homes to hit the market in the United States are ready for their new owners in Austin, Texas. The East 17th Street Residences are a mini-neighborhood of modern black and white homes designed by Logan Architecture and built by a construction technology company ICON. Each is slightly different in size and layout, ranging from 900 to 2,000 square feet and costing between $ 450,000 and $ 745,000.
Revolutionary homes took just five to seven days to print using a proprietary cement-based material called Lavacrete, which ICON says is more durable than traditional building materials. Only the first floor of each house has been 3D printed; the upper floors were constructed using more conventional methods and materials and feature wood framing and black metal standing seam cladding. Icons Vulcain construction system uses robots to superimpose the Lavacrete on ridged surfaces, creating structures that can withstand fire, flood, wind and other natural disasters better than conventionally built homes.
“The architectural design of the 17th century residences is a concerto between the stereotomic nature of 3D printed concrete building bases and the tectonic upper volumes, traditionally framed, supported by their bases, ”explains Logan Architecture. “This duality, and the geometry it informs, is inspired by the Neolithic village of Skara Brae located on the island of Orkney in the northern islands of Scotland. Skara Brae was built in 3,180 BC and has been actively occupied for over 600 years. Although separated from the residences of the 17th East by five millennia, the challenges of the site and the time of intervention on it, as well as the inspiring optimism of human ingenuity, remain the same for both projects.
The East 17th Residence Development by 3Strands is the first 3D printed home for sale in the United States built using ICON’s proprietary technology and cutting edge materials – the 21st century equivalent of stone easily available. Like Skara Brae and the meticulous stone achievements from its builders, the design of the East 17th Residences pushes the limits of the capacity of concrete and explores the boundaries of what form our new stone age should take. And maybe 5,000 years from now, a future civilization will marvel at what 3Strands and ICON have accomplished, with such primitive technology.
Interior decorator Claire Zinnecker was inspired by the southwest style for the light and bright spaces inside the houses. A limited color palette of green, white, and terracotta harmonizes with the homes’ wood, metal, and concrete structural materials. The visibility of the 3D printed walls inside the first floor is a main design feature, giving every space an interesting element of texture and pattern.
The 17th Street project is ICON’s second development in Austin, but the first to go public. Before he comes “The community first!” Village ‘, which consists of affordable housing designed to meet homeless in the city. The company had also previously partnered with the Texas Military Department to design and 3D print an energy-efficient training barracks in Bastrop, Texas, which is currently the largest 3D printed structure in North America. Their technology is even in demand with Nasa, who commissioned a student-led prototype lunar rocket landing pad with a ventilated design that redirects the plume away from the lunar surface. ICON is also working with NASA to 3D print an analog Martian habitat designed by the Bjarke Ingels group at its Johnson Space Center.