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World's First Printed House May Look Like a Giant Fossil

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Looks like the Dutch architects drafting plans for a twisty contemporary house have a bit of competition in the mad dash to create the world's first printed residence: the architects at London's Softkill Design say they can build the components for a nylon residence in three weeks, and assemble it all in just a day. "You don't need any bolting, screwing, or welding on site," the firm's Gilles Retsin tells Dezeen. "Imagine a Velcro or button-like connection. The pieces are extremely light, and they just kind of click together so you don't need any other material."

Aesthetically, the ProtoHouse 2.0 is, um, completely different than the sleek, infinity-symbol design of its competitor. The home is one story, only about 26 feet wide and 13 feet long, and, well, every surface looks like delicate, fossilized nasal bones—but who hasn't dreamt about bedding down in a T-Rex's nostril? And, actually, it's porous, calcified look isn't an accident; the the fibrous nylon walls were inspired by the way bone grows. So what does the firm says about its rivals at Universe Architecture? "We actually don't even consider that a 3D printed building because he is 3D printing formwork and then pouring concrete into the form," he says. "So it's not that the actual building is 3D printed." Ouch.

· 3D printed plastic house will be assembled "in a day." [Dezeen]
· Architects Hatch Bonkers Plan to Print—Yes, Print—a House [Curbed National]