Behold: The World’s First Freeform 3D-Printed House Might Look Like This

The Freeform Home Design Challenge asked to designer to create "the world’s first freeform 3D-printed residence." This is the winner.

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.

According to Platt Boyd, Founder of Branch Technology, "Curve Appeal" "responds well to the site conditions, magnifies the possibilities of cellular fabrication and pushes the envelope of what is possible, while still utilizing more economical methods for conventional building systems integration."

The house is scheduled to begin planning phases at Branch Technology’s lab in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and is expected to begin 3D printing in 2017.

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