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Famed Italian Architect Massimiliano Locatelli to 3D Print a House at Milan Design Week

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by Hanna Watkin
Apr 2, 2018
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During Milan Design Week, engineering firm Arup and Massimiliano Locatelli of architecture studio CLS Architetti are 3D printing a house called 3D Housing 05, near the Duomo cathedral.

A 3D printed house just five minute’s walk away from Milan’s most famous landmark has got to be one of the most extraordinary homes on the planet.

At this year’s Milan Design Week, Massimiliano Locatelli, Italian architect of CLS Architetti, is working with engineering firm Arup to 3D print a one bedroom house called 3D Housing 05. Located at Piazza Cesare Beccaria, a square near the Duomo cathedral, the prototype will be printed and showcased all within one week in April.

Unfortunately after printing, however, the house will be moved to another lot on the outskirts of the city. But, the attention it will receive in the center of Milan will hopefully change perspectives on 3D printed homes.

We want 3D printing to be taken more seriously… Its potential to disrupt the construction industry has been seriously underestimated… Our ultimate aim is to bring about a shift in the way the construction industry operates – for us all to move away from a ‘make, use, dispose’ mentality,” explained Guglielmo Carra, Arup’s materials consulting lead for Europe.

Milan Design Week 3D printed house
CLS Architetti, Arup, Italcementi and Cybe Construction’s house printing process in action ahead of Milan Design Week.

3D Housing 05 Offers Four Rooms and Spectacular Views

The house will be single-story and feature four rooms. Packed into the 100-square meter dwelling will be a living room, bedroom, kitchen and bathroom.

The architects took sustainability, affordability and creativity into consideration when printing the house.

To print the home, a Cybe Construction robot is being deployed. This printer uses concrete from Italcementi Heidelberg Cement Group. This cement has been mixed to ensure the extrusions cure quickly during the home’s construction.

The peculiarity of the concrete mix is to be made so that the curing time is much faster than in traditional cases, so as to allow the bottom layers of any printed part to withstand the load created by top layers,” explains Carra.

Of course, the faster the house cures, the quicker the 3D printing process is.

Once Milan Design Week is over, the team will be conduct a series of tests on the home to see how it fares over time. Locatelli’s (and the others’) work will be on show for the duration of Milan Design Week, April 17 – 22, 2018, in Milan, Italy.

Interested in 3D printing houses? Check out other 3D printed home projects on All3DP.

Source: Dezeen

Milan Design Week 3D printed house
Concept sketches of Massimiliano Locatelli’s 3D printed house for Milan Design Week

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