Project Info

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Project Milestone

In the city of Eindhoven (The Netherlands) five 3D-printed concrete houses will be built. The project is the world’s first commercial housing project based on 3D-concrete printing. The houses will all be occupied, they will meet all modern comfort requirements, and they will be purchased and let out by a real estate company.

Project Milestone can rightly be seen as a milestone for many reasons. Not only when it comes to the technology and the builders, but also with respect to design, the municipality, the future occupant and the landlord. When the first occupant receives the key in 2019, there is a home that meets the latest needs for comfort. Made sustainably and energy-efficient, but also comfortable, light and quiet. And in fantastic wooded natural surroundings.

Ultimately, the project will complete 5 houses, with both printing technology and home design becoming increasingly complex, as one is build after the other. If the ground floor is still being printed off-site, the 2-storey fifth home will be manufactured entirely on-site. The development of the 3D concrete printing technique will therefore be beautifully visible. More than an experiment, these houses are intended to be occupied for at least several decades.

The futuristic design from Houben / Van Mierlo architects has succeeded in being timeless. The design results from the typical possibilities of the new technique. The 3D printing technique gives freedom of form, whereas traditional concrete is very rigid in shape. This freedom of form has been used here to make a design with which the houses naturally blend into their wooded surroundings, like boulders. As if the five buildings were abandoned and have always been in this wooded oasis.

The houses will be located in the Meerhoven district of Eindhoven. The location is called Bosrijk, and it is being developed as a 'sculpture garden', with high-quality, ambitious architectural projects placed as sculptures in a continuous landscape. This sculpture garden is not just to look at, but also to enjoy actively. The ultimate Forest Enthusiast is therefore an 'urban cowboy' or 'city nomad' who chooses his home as a base for a dynamic life full of work, recreation and nature experience in a particularly scenic environment.

In 2016 during the Dutch Design Week, the Municipality of Eindhoven and TU Eindhoven opted on the future by expressing the intention to build this house. In 2017, the cooperation took shape and the business community joined: Vesteda, Saint-Gobain Weber Beamix, Witteveen + Bos and van Wijnen. As early as 2019, the first house will be delivered to the first occupant.

Project info

  • Project Milestone

    In the city of Eindhoven (The Netherlands) five 3D-printed concrete houses will be built. The project is the world’s first commercial housing project based on 3D-concrete printing. The houses will all be occupied, they will meet all modern comfort requirements, and they will be purchased and let out by a real estate company.

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  • What are we printing?

    Five houses will be built consecutively, so every time innovations and all lessons learnt can be applied in the next house.

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  • Why 3D Concrete Printing?

    Concrete has been the most used building material in the world for decades. Everyone is familiar with it, knows what it looks like, where it is used. This is now changing. Experiments have recently started with the 3D printing of concrete. At first glance this seems surprising, the finesse that comes with printing does not fit with the plump character of concrete. Nevertheless, 3D-printed...

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  • Innovation

    The first aim of the project is to build five great houses that are comfortable to live in and will have happy occupants. But behind that there is the ambition to boost 3D concrete printing science and technology such that printed housing, with all it's advantages, will soon be a reality that is widely adopted.

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  • Where are we printing?

    The 3D printed house is planned to be in Bosrijk. Bosrijk is a new residential location in Eindhoven. The development of Bosrijk has high ambitions when it comes to sustainability and spatial and architectural quality. Bosrijk is the first location in Eindhoven that is not connected to the natural gas grid.

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