(The world’s first 3D-printed house made entirely of earth has been built in Italy. The achievement is called ‘Tecla’, and was made through a collaboration between World’s Advanced Saving Project (WASP) and architect Mario Cucinella.
Inspired by Italo Calvino’s ‘invisible cities’ – a city in continuous construction – the building is comprised of two circular, linked domes using local materials, and is close to zero-emissions; soil from the area was used for to make its 350-layer walls, and its curved shell is completely biodegradable. WASP It covers approximately 60 square meters, little over four meters high, and is comprised of a living room, a kitchen, and a “night zone” with a bathroom. All this can be made with 200 hours of printing, 7000 machine codes, and only 60 cubic meters of natural materials – achieved because the building requires no other structure to keep it upright, and is able to hold its own weight. Clay also acts as a thermal barrier, insulating the building. The physical construction was a world-first as well, where two huge, synchronised arms from a 3D-printer built the modules simultaneously. WATCH: Scan by scan, a 3D-printed house comes to life “From the shapeless earth […]
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