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World’s first raw earth material 3D-printed house is ready for residents

World's first raw earth material 3D-printed house is ready for residents

Written by David

May 19, 2021


In a down-to-Earth philosophy any admirable hobbit might be impressed with, Italian 3D-printing company WASP and partner Mario Cucinella Architects have recently finished building the first TECLA 3D-printed house near Bologna, Italy, in the tiny town of Massa Lombarda, TECLA (Technology + Clay) is the planet’s eco-sustainable housing model completely crafted from locally-sourced, raw earth materials and employing the latest 3D-printing technology.


More Science This TECLA project is influenced by the 1972 Italian novel Invisible Cities by author Italo Calvino, whose plot includes a city in a perpetual state of construction. Honoring humanity’s timeless connection to their dwellings and habitats, the TECLA mission hopes to unite those foundational themes with advanced 21st-century ingenuity and imagination. It also recognizes the mounting global crisis of climate change and the urgency for efficient and fast onsite sustainable construction systems that can be utilized in the aftermath of natural disasters or satisfy the needs for immediate housing needs with displaced communities. “We like to think that TECLA is the beginning of a new story,” says Mario Cucinella , Founder and Creative Director of Mario Cucinella Architects. “It would be truly extraordinary to shape the future by transforming this ancient material with the […]

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