3D Print Canal House

DUS architects
The Netherlands

The 3D Print Canal House is a research, building and expo site for 3D Printing Architecture that aims to revolutionize the building industry and offer solutions for a better planet.

The 3D Print Canal House puts the concept of 'beta architecture' to practice at an expo-site in the very heart of Amsterdam. There, an international team of partners led by DUS architects collaborates in ‘research & doing’ linking science, design, construction and community. At the open construction site, the audience is welcomed to experience and comment on the design & build 3D printing process of an entire house.  This results in a continuous live feedback loop between audience, designers and researchers. There are six 'R&DO themes' that are continuously updated and exposed on site:

1. The ongoing development of the 'KamerMaker', the large scale portable 3D printer, into an easy accessible machine, so that a global community can share and print digital files and offer solutions to a local context, and vice versa.

2. The development of a bio-based sustainable 3D print material for the building industries.

3. The development of unique and efficient digitally based design and building techniques.

4. The development a tool for 'mass customization' -  downloadable tailor-made architecture for all.

5. Integrating Smart building solutions (e.g. energy, water, sensor technology)within digital design and build techniques.

Each week, new printed elements are added to the house. The design, material properties and printer settings are changed according to the learning process and fed by the input of the community. It is an agile architecture project, with the final aim to democratize architecture.

In what way does your proposal contribute to the open society?
The ultimate aim of the 3D Print Canal House is to allow a global community to share, update and customize architecture and print it locally. Architecture will be democratized, by linking the power of online networks and digital fabrication techniques with physical local communities.

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