WATG’s Urban Architecture Studio has won first prize in The Freeform Home Design Challenge, which challenged participants to "design the world’s first freeform 3D-printed residence."
The competition invited architects, designers, artists and engineers worldwide to investigate how 3D printing technologies can improve our built environment and lives today.
The challenge, commissioned by Branch Technology, was to design a 600-800-square-foot single-family home that would push the boundaries of "traditional architectural aesthetics, ergonomics, construction, building systems, and structure from the ground up," the press release states.
The winning design consists of two central components: an interior core and exterior skin. The open-plan, light-filled interior living spaces satisfy lighting requirements via passive solar design strategies and connect occupants to the exterior spaces and nature itself. The "exterior skin" comprises intricate archways, an organic structure harmonious with the surrounding environment.