For a while now it's seemed all news regarding printable architecture was limited to nutty, ultra-futuristic projects—things like houses that resemble fossilized nasal bones, structures that sweep like a Möbius strip, and, of course, pavilions made possible by silkworms and robotic arms. But—alas!—Dutch studio DUS Architects may be bucking the trend with its plans to print a house that seems, you know, vaguely house-like. Using an 11-foot-tall printer called "KamerMaker" ("room" maker), the architects will print a polypropylene row house on Amsterdam's Buiksloter canal. "This year we want to print the entire facade and the first room bit by bit," architect Hedwig Heinsman told Dezeen. Ultimately the building—which will actually be a research hub and not, in fact, a bona fide residence—will provide spaces dedicated to different aspects of printable architecture research, including a "cook room" where architects and scientists can study the use of potato starch and a "recycle room" where things like plastic bottles could, in theory, be converted into construction materials. Actually, Heinsman says the whole place could theoretically be broken down and turned into a completely different building: "If at one moment we had to relocate it, we would just shred all the pieces and build it anew."
· Amsterdam Architects Plan 3D-Printed Canal House [Dezeen]
· All Computer Projects posts [Curbed National]