A sculptor draws a 3D printed houseboat

A Czech sculptor has teamed up with a group of architects to create a prototype floating three-dimensional printed garden house, intended to be a vacation home of the future.

Pouring of special concrete in Ceske Budejovice, the house should be transported to Prague in August.

“I dare say it is the very first 3D printed floating building in the world,” Michal Trpak, the project’s master, told AFP.

The design of the house, which can be printed in 48 hours, is inspired by the morphology of protozoa and includes a living room with a kitchen, a bedroom and a bathroom, all with an area of ​​43 m2.

“3D homes will adapt to people or the landscape. The robot doesn’t care about the outline, “said Trpak amid the buzz of a mechanical beak arm patiently laying layer after layer of successive strips of concrete.

“This house is designed as a country leisure home, ideal for a couple or a small family,” said Trpak, who drew inspiration from 3D printed housing projects in the Netherlands.

If the prototype seems to its designer still expensive, “a second generation should cost around three million crowns ($ 172,000) and the third about half that price,” he estimates.

Once printed, the bedroom and bathroom modules will be attached to a wooden core with large windows, and covered with a roof.

The house will then be transported to Prague, installed on a pontoon and towed to the quay on Vltava where it will stay for two months.

“We didn’t have land to install it, and anyway, you need a building permit which takes up to two years,” said Trpak.

But on a river, “you only need the consent of the navigation agency, which is much faster,” he added.

According to him, the roof and walls of this house inspired by nature can be covered with plants.

Construction has certainly encountered problems, the concrete used being sensitive to temperature changes during hardening.

“We continue to research and develop (the project, editor’s note). It’s a trial and error process, “said Trpak.