3D Printing

The Nation's First 3D-Printed Multi-Story Home Is Being Built in Houston

3D construction goes bigger.

By Melissa Dalton

Image: Anthony Vu

3D-printed homes are nothing new for texas. In 2018, ICON erected the first in the U.S. in Austin, a petite 350-square-foot, two-room abode with 3D-printed mortar that only took 47 hours to produce. The rest of its components—the roof, windows, doors, electrical wiring, and plumbing—were installed by a builder.

The company followed that up with a tiny house village for those needing housing, as well as plans for the largest development of 3D-printed homes in the country, also in Austin. (Per Dwell, the first 3D-printed house in the world emerged in Russia in 2017, just in case you’re curious.) 

Houston is now taking a turn with a 4,000 square foot, two-story home in Spring Branch that the companies behind it claim is the country’s first 3D-printed, multi-story home.

The project, called House of Cores by the NY-based design firm Hannah, combines 3D-printed concrete with conventional wood-framing and uses the COBOD BOD2 gantry printer. The design is described as a “series of printed cores that contain functional spaces and stairs,” which will then be connected by the framed sections in a unique hybrid approach. 


So far, pictures only show those tell-tale concrete ribbon curves that are fast becoming associated with 3D-printed architecture, as walls are produced layer by layer using specially formulated concrete by Quikrete. Hannah is joined in the build by two companies: PERI 3D Construction, which built the first 3D home in Germany, and CIVE, which supplies the structural engineering.

This home is a single-family residence commissioned by a private client, so there is no word about the budget. But this construction method is said to be revolutionizing traditional “stick-built” homes that require major hands-on labor, and is less expensive as a result, as well as scalable, more efficient, and more sustainable.

Image: Anthony Vu

Image: Anthony Vu

Image: Anthony Vu

Image: Anthony Vu

Image: Anthony Vu

Image: Peri 3D

Image: Anthony Vu

Image: Courtesy Hannah 

 

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