3D-Printed Buildings by 2014?

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3D printing has come a long way in the past 30 years, and a Dutch architect, Janjaap Ruijssenaars, wants to push the technology even further. Working in collaboration with sculptor Rinus Roelofs, Ruijssenaars is creating a world’s first: A 3D-printed building. The plans for the building consist of printing 6 x 9 meter sections of the building from a material that consists of sand and an inorganic binder.

Using Enrico Dini’s D-Shape 3D printer, the architectural feat’s form will be printed in sections and concrete will be added to the structure to create the strength needed to make the building stable. It’s believed that the building can be completed sometime during 2014.

Ruijssenaars design is a part of the European competition that “aims to make a contribution to the reflection on, and debate about, European towns and cities.” According to Ruijssenaars, his project “will be the first 3D-printed building in the world. I hope it can be opened to the public when it’s finished.”

Whether or not Ruijssenaars building can be realized in a functional manner, I’d say his work rings true to the European spirit of “contributing to innovations in the field of special design.”

Images Courtesy of Universe Architecture