A Swedish company is about to start a 3D printed housing project on the water. The company is called Belatchew Arkitekter, and its studio Belatchew Labs wants to create a 3D printed neighborhood on the water. The water offers many benefits for housing projects, as it’s a useful energy source. The company wants to use the water for power and heat pumps. Young people are the company’s target group; the project’s goal is to increase housing possibilities for young Swedish people. Moreover, the project is even supported by the Swedish National Board of Housing, Building and Planning.
The neighborhood’s gimmick is that the houses perfectly seem to adapt itself to the environment. If you look at the image really quick, then it might even look like the neighborhood is a natural rock, because of the vegetation on top of the houses. The houses will be made with concrete that has already been used before. By re-using it, the company reduces its waste. In other words: it’s a green project. There, however, is one objection: the water. Ok, so water is an energy source, but I guess a crammed sea is not what we’re looking for, are we?
The company’s CEO Rahel Belatchew Lerdell said:
The technological development in 3D-printed concrete has come very far. With SwimCity we show how the new technology makes it possible for us to create unique buildings which today’s prefab industry is not capable of.
There have been a couple of 3D printed housing projects earlier on. A currently running project is by Dutch architects group DUS Architects and is called 3D Print Canal House. Here, a group of architects is working on a fully functional 3D printed canal house. Chinese company WinSun even managed to 3D print a house in just 24 hours. Unfortunately, there is no information yet about when the Swedish projects sees the light.
Image credits: Belatchew Arkitekter.