Inventors of the 3D Printed Canal House come up with printed mini-retreat

DUS presents 3D printed tiny house

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DUS architects, inventors of the 3D Printed Canal House which is still in construction phase, built an entirely 3D printed mini-retreat, to escape the speed of everyday city life.

The 3D printed Urban Cabin transforms a former industrial area in Amsterdam from a vast empty space into an urban retreat, complete with pocket park and outdoor bathtub. The building is a research into compact and sustainable dwelling solutions in urban environments. It is entirely 3D printed with bio-plastic and can be fully recycled and reprinted in the following years.

The Amsterdam based architecture firm DUS architects officially launched its project to produce an entirely 3D printed canal house on 1 March 2014. Using a giant 3D printer, called the KamerMaker (Room Maker), DUS is researching the possibilities to construct a full-size canal house from fully recyclable bio-plastics. A recent video offers a view inside the KamerMaker.

Tiny house

The Urban Cabin is a new step in the development of the process. Tapping in on the tiny house movement, the design plays with the relations between indoor and outdoor spaces creating luxury within a minimum footprint. Entirely 3D printed with black coloured bio-based material, it showcases different types of façade ornament, form-optimization techniques and smart solutions for insulation and material consumption. The floor and stepped porch are combined with a concrete finish creating a beautiful pattern that extends into a path in the pocket park. In the green around the cabin you can enjoy the sculptural printed bathtub, and watch the sunset surrounded by waving poplar trees.

The Urban Cabin is part of the 3D Print Living Lab by DUS architects. It is another step in using the in-house developed 3D print technology to build sustainable, customizable and on-demand housing solutions for the fast growing cities around the globe. The cabin can be booked for a short stay.

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