Yves Béhar designs “world's first 3D-printed community” for Latin America

Designer Yves Béhar has revealed plans to build a 3D-printed village for an impoverished farming community in Latin America.

Béhar, founder of design studio Fuseproject, developed the project with New Story, a non-profit dedicated to finding solutions to homelessness, along with homebuilding technology company ICON.

The trio teamed up last year to use 3D printing quickly build an affordable, high-quality housing for families living on less than $200 (£154) a month. The team is now rolling out this same technology to form “the world’s first 3D-printed community” for a small population of farmers and palm weavers.

The project will be in Latin America, although the exact location remains undisclosed.

“We are thrilled to partner with New Story on their mission to end global homelessness,” said Behar. “I believe the most advanced technologies can deliver designed solutions for those most in need, and it is both the new technology from ICON and the vision of New Story that is making it possible today.”

Fuseproject’s environments team has designed a suite of 3D printed residences for multi-generational groups, with the first houses slated to be printed later this year.

The team worked closely with future residents to decide on land selection and community planning. The 3D-printed model initially developed last year has also been modified to create a version that can be adapted to various needs.

“As we spoke to the community members, we realised that a single house design doesn’t respond to the needs and expectations,” said Béhar.  “This led us to design a system that allows for different programmes, climate factors, and growth for families and spaces.”

Each residence will occupy a 120-square-metre lot with the interiors of each amassing 55 square metres. This arrangement will allow families will be provided to a covered outdoor kitchen and dining room, and gardens for keeping chickens.

The concrete walls will be left exposed inside and out, and will be decorated with a striated pattern as a result of the 3D printing. Residents can also chose different colour tints for the concrete.


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