Dutch architect to build Mobius-strip house using three dimensional printer
By Charles Onians, AFPTHE HAGUE--A Dutch architect has designed a house “with no beginning or end” to be built using the world's largest 3D printer, harnessing technology that may one day be used to print houses on the moon.
February 5, 2013, 12:14 am TWN
Janjaap Ruijssenaars, 39, of Universe Architecture in Amsterdam, wants to print a building resembling a giant Mobius strip — a continuous loop with one side — with around 1,100 square meters (12,000 square feet) of floor space using the massive D-Shape printer.
The printer, designed by Italian Enrico Dini, can print objects up to almost 6 meters by 6 meters (20 feet by 20 feet), using a computer to add layers 5-10 millimeter (a quarter to half an inch) thick.
Ruijssenaars says the building could serve as a home or a museum and would have parts usually made from a concrete-like material printed using broken up rocks and an emulsion binding, while steel and glass would provide the facade.
“It's our ambition to have the first printed house, this printer has made art or objects for sea defenses, but this is the first time to build something that can be lived in,” he told AFP.
Ruijssenaars said the plan was not initially to print the building but the high-tech medium turned out to be the most appropriate.
“We started to ask the question if a building can be like the landscape, in order to make a building that would not harm the landscape, or at least learn from the landscape,” he said.
“We analyzed that the essence of landscape is that it has no beginning or ending, so it's continuous, not only the fact the world is round but also water goes into land, valleys into mountains, it's always continuous.”