‘Endless house’ being built with a 3D printer
Yet today’s news from Holland is simply too mind bending, too wacky and too downright impressive to pass up. Maverick architect Janjaap Ruijssenaars has announced his plan to print a unique building he calls ‘Landscape House.’ The £3 million structure will boast a serpentine design that its creator describes as ‘one surface folded in an endless Mobius band’, with the entire building giving the impression of being a continuous loop, something like a figure 8.
The building material for this architectural mind-warp will be 20 feet x 30 feet slabs, printed from the D-Shape 3D printer, a huge system that uses stereolithographic 3D printing to create massive, stone-like structures. On its website, the people behind D-Shape say it “enables architects to directly make the buildings they design, with a robotic building machine that uses CAD-CAE-CAM Design Technology.” In short, the Makerbot is a fax machine in comparison.
Ruijssenaars has a bit of previous in the far-out design game. In 2006 he gave the world the first every floating bed – a sleeping slab that hovers 40cm above the floor with the aid of industrial strength magnets. Needless to say that was not the kind of thing you could pick up for a bargain at your local IKEA. The $1.2 million price tag meant it furnished only the most excessively well-heeled bedrooms.
‘Landscape House’ looks to have a similar target market, with museums and oligarchs reportedly amongst the parties interested in Ruijssenaars’ avant-garde gaff. Expect the first ‘Landscape House’ to be up and standing by late 2014.