TECLA, a 3D-printed habitat, is now beneath building

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mario cucinella architects and WASP, italian specialists in 3D-printing, have begun the building of TECLA — a prototype for a 3D-printed habitat. presently beneath building close to bologna, italy, the project responds to pressing societal challenges such as exponential population improve and a lack of economical accommodation. produced utilizing totally reusable, recyclable components taken from the neighborhood terrain, TECLA is a new circular housing model described as ‘a step-transform in the move towards eco-housing’.

tecla 3d-printed habitat
image © mario cucinella architects (also principal image)

 

 

made by mario cucinella architects and engineered and constructed by WASP, TECLA will be the initial property to be totally 3D-printed utilizing locally sourced clay — a biodegradable and recyclable material that will properly make the creating zero-waste. constructed utilizing crane WASP, TECLA — named just after an imaginary city described by writer italo calvino — will be the initial habitat to be constructed utilizing a number of collaborative 3D-printers, providing a higher scope of scale than ever prior to.

tecla 3d-printed habitat
image © mario cucinella architects

 

 

constructed to adapt to a number of environments, the habitat will also be appropriate for self-production by way of the use of WASP’s ‘maker economy starter kit’. this strategy will limit industrial waste and give a sustainable model that seeks to increase national and neighborhood economies — therefore enhancing the nicely-getting of communities. additionally, applied in the context of a wider masterplan, TECLA has the possible to develop into the basis for brand new autonomous eco-cities that are off the existing grid.

tecla 3d-printed habitat
image © WASP

 

 

the design and style was created utilizing investigation investigation undertaken by the SOS — college of sustainability — an institution founded by mario cucinella. the investigation, performed with the help of students from the architectural association in london, explored the trigger and effects of homelessness, primarily based on case research in places with distinct climates. the outcome is a very versatile envelope, made to be resilient to any climate and power-effective in techniques that conventional housing models are not. TECLA commenced printing in september 2019, and is anticipated to total at the starting of 2020.


image © WASP


image © WASP


image © WASP


image © WASP


image © WASP


image © mario cucinella architects


image © mario cucinella architects

 

 

project information:

 

architectural design and style and management: mario cucinella architects
engineering and 3D-printing building: WASP

 

in collaboration with:
investigation companion: SOS – college of sustainability
components consultancy and provide: mapei
structural consultancy: milan ingegneria
frames engineering and production: capoferri
bio-components consultancy and provide: ricehouse
landscaping: frassinago
lighting design and style: lucifero’s
power and internal comfort consultant: ariatta:
beneath the patronage of: municipality of massa lombarda
sponsored by: ter costruzioni

philip stevens I designboom

oct 23, 2019

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