Could houses be built at the touch of a button? | Architecture | Dezeen

The latest instalment of our Dezeen x MINI Living video series explores a plan to build multi-storey housing with 3D-printers, a technique, which the project’s architects claim will enable people to design and build their own houses quickly and easily.

In June 2018, the Eindhoven University of Technology, together with local architecture studio Houben & Van Mierlo Architecten, revealed their plans to create the world’s first commercial 3D-printed housing project which will be made available to rent through real-estate firm Vesteda.

Entitled Project Milestone, the project will see the construction of five multi-level homes in Meerhoven, a new region of Eindhoven. The first of these houses is expected to be completed and liveable by 2019.

The residences will be produced one after the other, allowing the architects to learn from the fabrication of each. Building elements are being printed at the university’s research facility but the team aims to build the final house on site.

The houses will feature curved walls with balcony recesses and deep-set windows and doors. According to the architects, the development references “the menhirs-like structures of Stonehenge”.

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