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Dutch architects to use 3D printer to build a house
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By 3ders.org - Jan.15, 2013

Dutch architect Janjaap Ruijssenaars (39) from Universe Architecture in Amsterdam designed a one-piece building which will be built on a 3D printer. He hopes the so-called Landscape House can be printed out latest in year 2014.

Ruijssenaars works together with mathematician and artist Rinus Roelofs to develop this project using 3D printing technology. The idea is to print the building in pieces and then put them together to form a complete piece. It will take one and a half year to finish the project.

Ruijssenaars plans to print every piece in size of 6 x 9 meters using a massive 3D printer called D-Shape. Designed by Italian inventor Enrico Dini,the D-Shape is potentially capable of printing a two story building using thin layers of sand and an inorganic binder to build up its constructions. Will the result be strong enough?

Ruijssenaars says Dini has suggested to print out the form only. And this "contours" of the house will be then filled with fiber reinforced concrete to get the desired strength.

Together with a Dutch construction company, Ruijssenaars is working with Dini to realize the idea. "It will be the first 3D printed building in the world. I hope it can be opened to the public when it's finished. "says Ruijssenaars.

The landscape house is developed for joining Europan, a European competition of ideas for young spatial designers. Europan organises this competition once every two years in fifteen countries. Taken together, on average, these countries make 50 real sites available for young designers to develop a plan.

The landscape house will be a landscape in the landscape. "It was a house in Ireland," says Janjaap Ruijssenaars. "The location on the coast is so beautiful that we want the design to reflect the nature. Landscapes are endless and our question was whether we can design a home that has no beginning and no end." The architect has won worldwide fame with his design of a floating bed. Time Magazine elected the floating bed "best invention of 2006".

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