The very first 3D printed house in the Netherlands welcomes its first tenants
The tenants of the very first 3D printed concrete house in the Netherlands received the keys to their new home on Friday. The house, the first of five planned in “Project Milestone”, is located in the Bosrijk district of Eindhoven. It is the first legally habitable property with load-bearing walls made using 3D printing technology, according to TU / Eindhoven.
The house, whose first residents are a retired couple from Amsterdam, has a spacious living room and two bedrooms. Inspired by the shape of a rock, the property has 94 square meters of floor space and consists of 24 concrete elements, which have been printed layer by layer in a factory in Eindhoven.
“It fits well with the natural environment, and it beautifully demonstrates the freedom of form that concrete 3D printing offers,” said the initiators of the project.
Project partners will soon start designing the next set of houses, which are expected to have multiple floors. Besides being more sustainable and offering more personalized styles and designs, the development of these homes can also have a positive impact on the ongoing housing crisis in the country.
“We have to build 1 million houses in ten years in the Netherlands. By building industrially, but at the same time offering bespoke designs, we believe we can really make a contribution to the problem of housing shortage,“said Theo Salet, professor of concrete structures at TU / Eindhoven.
Project Milestone is a project of the Eindhoven University of Technology, the Van Wijnen construction group, the real estate investor Vesteda, the building materials producer Saint-Gobain Weber Beamix, the municipality of Eindhoven and the consulting and engineering company Witteveen + Bos.