Apis Cor wants to change how fast we assume a house can be built, and how we build it. This past December 2017, the company successfully 3D printed a residential house in 24 hours.
Last year, the company successfully 3D printed a house in Stupino, a town in the Moscow region of Russia. This is far from the only success we have seen in 3D printing buildings.
This construction method changes the real estate game on multiple levels including:
- How much must be paid to construction contractors
- How many contractors must be hired
- How quickly an empty property can be developed
- Rapid replacement and repair for interior rooms
- The artistic possibilities of architecture
Beyond that, far-reaching visions for this technology include:
- Disaster relief
- Construction in harsh climates like Antarctica
- Construction in outer space
- Temporary, biodegradable shelter
The project was announced in December, 2016. The Apis Cor company in cooperated with PIK to use a mobile 3D printer to make the house. The building was made in a test facility in Stupino at an aerated concrete facility.
The walls, partitions and building envelope were all completed in 24 hours. The practicality of 3D printing is accelerating at remarkable rates, with some architects realizing the possibility of creating previously unseen structures given the strength of synthetic materials that come out of a 3D printer.
Architecture has a direct impact on the value of a property. 3D printing allows for the creation of stable structures that look unlike any buildings we have seen outside of science fiction. For example, Softkill Design has released images of a house that truly would be impossible to build with brick and mortar. It has a winding, fibrous structure that calls to mind spider webs, silk worms. Some people have even described it as “scary”.
Whether or not people will find such an unconventional structure comfortable, or if these innovations foreshadow a new wave in architecture remains to be seen. However, functional buildings being built overnight is a disruptive to development that could change everything from how buildings are bought, sold and used, to how they are marketed in the future.