Brief

A new video explores the making of the 3D-printed concrete Ashen Cabin near Ithaca, N.Y. The cabin incorporates wooden components from ash trees that couldn’t be run through traditional lumber processing.

 

Insight

Thanks to the latest video by Jarett Gross, the untirable explorer of construction 3D printing projects (who has previously contributed to this portal), we found out about a very interesting 3D printed, upcycled cement-wooden structure that may have been initially ignored by those outside the architectural community:

the Ashen Cabin by Cornel University and HANNAH Design Office.Tucked away in the woods near Ithaca sits this small, unusual-looking cabin that could be a model for sustainable architecture and construction practices, conserving materials at every stage of production.

Designed and fabricated by assistant professors of architecture Leslie Lok and Sasa Zivkovic, the Ashen Cabin uses wood from ash trees damaged by the emerald ash borer, sourced from Cornell’s 4,000-acre research forest in Van Etten, New York. The cutting process in a robotics lab allowed for the use of trees otherwise unfit for traditional lumber processing.

The culmination of a three-year project in collaboration with architecture students and Arnot Teaching and Research Forest staff, the prototype structure was completed last summer.

Lok and Zivkovic are principals of HANNAH Design Office. They are among the winners of the 2020 Architectural League Prize for Young Architects and Designers, announced May 5. As part of their recognition for a portfolio of work including the cabin project, the Cornell designers will participate in the League’s virtual exhibition and lecture series. The competition’s theme this year was “Value.”

 

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