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‘Endless house’ being built with a 3D printer

Posted on January 24th, 2013 · Posted in Print News
We thought we’d had our fill of madcap 3D printing stories. Sometime towards the end of last year, with scientists and hobbyists across the planet locked in a weekly battle to announce the wackiest 3D printing story, we kind of decided we were a bit over the whole thing. Yeah, you can do insane stuff with a 3D printer. Yeah, it’s going to change humanity as we know it. But until we have one sitting on our desktop we kind of have other things to get our minds bent about.

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.