US president Barack Obama and Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte recently went to the Rijksmuseum to see the world’s first house made with a 3D printer. The project marks a milestone in research into the opportunities 3D printers have to offer for the world of architecture and design.
The building, printed entirely out of organic and recycled materials on the bank of a canal in northern Amsterdam, will be a typical Dutch home.
The parts to be assembled will be printed on site using a KamerMaker, a large moveable 3D printer built especially for the occasion.
The project addresses questions about how 3D printing techniques can offer optimal solutions to a variety of problems, such as slums and emergency zones, and how projects can be shared and modified over the internet.
The 3D Print Canal House is an initiative of DUS Architects in partnership with Heijmans, Henkel, the city of Amsterdam, Doen Foundation, the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts and a number of other institutions.