A Dutch neighbourhood will be the site of a what is claimed to be a world-first habitable 3D-printed housing development, with the first residents due to move in as soon as next year.
It is part of a project called Milestone — a plan to print five high-quality multi-storey, sustainable concrete homes.
“3D-printing of concrete is a potential game-changer in the building industry,” Milestone said in a statement.
The company said the technology allowed it to create homes in almost any shape, and to print “all kinds, qualities and colours of concrete, all in a single product”.
Customisation is also easier and cheaper with 3D-printed homes, the company claims.
“Another important advantage is sustainability, as much less concrete is needed and hence much less cement, which reduces the CO2 emissions originating from cement production,” Milestone said.
The project is being conducted in partnership with The Eindhoven University of Technology — which is in the same city as the neighbourhood due to receive the 3D-printed dwellings.
The first house will be a single-storey, three-room, 95-square-metre home.
The next four homes on the list will be multi-storey.
The team hopes to gradually transfer more and more of the actual 3D printing process to the build site as the project progresses, with plans for the last home to be created completely on-site.
The homes are expected to be rented out to tenants in 2019, and will be subject to all the ordinary building regulations applicable to other dwellings.