First Freeform 3D Printed House to be Built in Tennessee

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The first printed home is set to be erected in Tennessee this year.

The concept, which was designed by the WATG – a London-based design firm was the winner of the Freefrom Home Design Challenge back in 2016, and it is soon set to become a reality.

Beautiful concept images of the intriguing new home have given us a glimpse of what homes of the future might just look like as the technology in 3D printers makes it more and more possible for 3D printed properties to become a viable solution. This is likely to be much sooner than we think.

Leading experts will erect the house, known as ‘Curve Appeal’, using 28 separate 3D printed panels, which will enter the site fully-formed and which can simply be slotted together to create a livable structure. Builders will simply have to lift the pieces into position.

Although there have already been several buildings created using 3D printing technology, Curve Appeal which will be built in Chattanooga later in 2018, will be the first one that does not feature any angles or ‘normal’ house shapes. Instead, it will be made up of complex curves, which gives it a distinctly futuristic look.

Inspiration

Curve Appeals design was inspired by a program that took place between 1945 and 1966 called the Case study House Program, which saw the creation of 36 extremely experimental -, especially for the time – prototype homes that it was possible to construct quickly and efficiently. It was hoped that these kinds of homes would become the norm, However, the architects who were in charge of the program, despite being lauded for their innovation in pushing the limits of what could be achieved, the houses did not, in their full form, catch on quite as well as might have been expected.

Speaking about the impending erection of Curve Appeal, a spokesperson for WATG said that using the modern design principles first used by these pioneering architects represented the next step in the evolution of homes by blurring the lines between the indoors and the outdoors. It is their aim to create a property that blends seamlessly with the environment around it.

Curve Appeal will be built on a site that is just a stone’s throw away from the Tennessee River, which is one of the most beautiful spots in Chattanooga, thanks to the predominance of woodland and the large amount of sun that shines down on the area.

The design team, WATG, is right now working on detailed drawing with the help of the City of Chattanooga so that they can ensure that the project advances at the right speed and gets erected within their timeframe of 2018.

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Competition

WATG were awarded prize money of $8,000 when Curve Appeal won the Freeform Home Design Challenge a couple of years ago, and this money has helped them to bring their vision to reality.

The competition was open to designers, architects, artists and engineers who were set the task of designing a home that measured between 600 and 800 feet and which could comfortably accommodate one family. They also had to come up with a design that challenged the status quo in terms of aesthetics, construction, structure, methods of building and ergonomics.

WATG certainly achieved this aim with their futuristic design, which despite being markedly different from the average property, still contains all of the things a modern family would need, including an impressive kitchen and breakfast bar area.

The open plan construction also boasts an abundance of space, which is perfect for modern family living where everyone wants their own space and the ability to come together seamlessly as a big group at various times of the day/week.

3D Printing

The kind of 3D printing technology that will be used to build the house has been around a lot longer than most people think – it was invented by Chuck Hall in the 80s – however, it has been developed significantly in recent years, making it much easier to build bigger, stronger structures, using the layering method.

Basically, 3D printing works by depositing layer upon layer of materials based on a 3D digital design file. Slowly but surely, these deposits build up until you have a fully-formed 3D object that has practical use in the real world.

Now that 3D printing is becoming more affordable, convenient and desirable, it is likely that, in the years to come, we will see a lot more design and construction companies using the tech to create interesting homes that don’t follow convention, just like WATG and Curve Appeal.

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