3D-printed architecture moves forward with a groundbreaking new project in Austin, Texas. Hailed by 3D printing firm Icon as the USA’s first 3D-printed homes, they are now available to purchase for a starting price of around $450,000 each. Read more.
3D-printed architecture moves from niche hobbyist proposition to serious housing solution with a groundbreaking new project that’s nearing completion in Austin, Texas. Hailed by 3D printing firm Icon as the USA’s first 3D-printed homes, they are now available for purchase for a starting price of around US$450,000 each.
Jcon, which recently welcomed investment from high-profile firm Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), is creating the project in collaboration with Kansas City developer 3Strands, and the homes were designed by Logan Architecture. The project consists of a development of multiple different homes, ranging from two to four bedrooms.
Icon has already undertaken a housing project in Mexico of course, but the Texan development is quite different. Whereas the Mexican houses were conceived as affordable housing, these new homes are clearly geared more towards wealthier types.
Additionally, they feature a hybrid construction: the first floor of the homes is 3D-printed using Icon’s Vulcan printer via the usual method of extruding a cement-like mixture in layers and building up the structure, then adding doors and windows, etc. However, the second floor is constructed using traditional methods and includes a timber frame, so they’re not wholly 3D-printed. This is in contrast to Kamp C’s experimental house, which involved 3D printing both floors.