Engineering and Construction

+ 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 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.