Design Engine
Training Classes/Tutorials for Designers, Engineers, & 3D Professionals


Google+

Ideas, Thoughts, Perspectives

June 14th, 2016

Designs for the World’s First 3D-printed Freeform House

Architecture studio Wimberly, Allison, Tong & Goo (WATG) won first place in Branch Technology’s Freeform Home Design Challenge, which brought together architects, designers, artists and engineers worldwide to explore how 3D printing technologies can improve our built environment and lives today.

Specifically, WATG’s Chicago-based team, consisting of Daniel Caven, Chris Hurst, Miguel Alvarez and Brent Watanabe won the freeform design competition with their unique idea named Curve Appeal. The main concept behind a “freeform” house is just what the name implies, a building that is not made in the regular shape or form of a house. Branch Technology founder Platt Boyd explained, “Curve Appeal is a very thoughtful approach to the design of our first house. It 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.” As part of the competition, there were several requirements that needed to be implemented into the design of the house. The interior needed to include a kitchen, bath, living area and at least one bedroom and the entire building needed to resolve mechanical, electrical, plumbing and lighting requirements all while still allowing for passive solar design strategies. The challenge was to rethink traditional construction and building systems and create a functional 600-800 square-foot single-family home.

To construct the building, 28 panels will be 3D-printed at an off-site location, before being joined together to create two exterior walls, a roof and the interior core. The home features a design with plenty of light-filled living space, allowing occupants to be more connected with the nature outside, as well as passive strategies for keeping the building temperate.

Planning phases for Curve Appeal will take place in Chattanooga, Tennessee at Branch Technology’s lab and 3D printing is expected to begin in 2017.

5759ac7c2200002d00f801d6

A “freeform” house is just what the name implies, a building that is not made in the regular shape or form of a house.

5759ac4715000030001b8966

1465556318-1e8219b70876eae9ee2a60141dd5ff44-600x307

1465556134-7ed432915fde5e0f94442298cfdcae42-600x307
5759aca22200002e00f801d8

Images via: WATG, Branch Technology

 

Article Written by Mila Medonaite for Design Engine, June 14, 2016


About the Author

Design-Engine





Design Engine Industrial Design Training Pro Engineer
 
 

 

BioLite FirePit: Making Fires Toasty Instead of Smokey

If you are an outdoors lover like me, you probably like to go camping , grill food, or sit outside at night with friends around a warm fire. Man has been doing these activities since he learned how to make a fire, and i’m...
by Bart
0

 
 
Creo Phantom Drone propeller

AFTERBURN: Plastic Part Design / Mold Design – Theory and Application

AFTERBURN: Applying Creo Plastic Part Design & Mold Design – Theory & Application  Click here to view the web stream! Access Code > > > 871-513-837 WHAT: Design Engine is hosting our AfterBurn n...
by Bart
0

 
 

3D printing and Spare Part Supply Chain Effects

Everyone keeping up with technology, engineering, and design should have heard about 3D printing. Much of the the general population has heard of it, but most likely the majority don’t understand the capabilities and how ...
by Scott Froemming
0

 

 

Man vs Machine – Rossi against Yamaha Robot

Author: Sean MacDonald Originally published on cycleworld.com November 3, 2017   Yamaha claimed back in 2015 that it would build a robot that could ride a motorcycle around a racetrack faster than Valentino Rossi...
by Bart
0

 
 

BMW and Automotive UX

  When I think of automotive design, I think of the straight lines, and boxiness of the 90’s cars, then I think of the feminine curves of the next decades cars. I think of the once simple interiors where everything was o...
by Bart
0

 



0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


You must be logged in to post a comment.