Updated 01.28.2021: WASP has completed the printing phase of the TECLA’s supporting structure. It is a unique fully 3D printed construction based on natural materials.
Italian 3D printer manufacturer WASP (World’s Advanced Saving Project) had been in limelight for Gaia mud house, which was 3D printed using the gigantic Big Delta 3D printer. This time, the company is in the news for its new TECLA 3D printed house, currently being built near Bologna, Italy.
Designed by MC A (Mario Cucinella Architects) this 3D printed mud house is envisioned as an affordable and eco-housing solution.
Mario Cucinella states,
Together with WASP we aim at developing an innovative 3D-printed prototype for a habitat that responds to the increasingly urgent climate revolution and the needs of changes dictated by community needs.
The MC A and WASP collaboration is supported by Mapei, a worldwide producer of construction materials. They have studied clay materials and identified the key components within the raw earth mixture to create the final highly optimized printable product.
There are more names such as the Mario Cucinella’s School of Sustainability, Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, Milan Ingegneria, Capoferri, Frassinago, RiceHouse, Lucifero’s and Ariatta who is contributing in the project.
This dome-shaped house is built using the company’s newest on-site 3D construction machine Crane WASP. As being 3D printed from locally sourced clay, it comes out to be a zero-waste building.
The use of multiple collaborative 3D printers increases the scope of scale. This innovative architecture project will not only limit industrial waste but will also accelerate the construction process and can be built to adapt to multiple environments.
As seen in renderings of the TECLA 3D printed mud house, there is a large skylight in the center of the roof, which would allow abundance of natural light inside the structure. There is sufficient space for furniture and other necessary things inside. In this era of housing crisis, it is surely a needful concept.
TECLA received planning approval in May 2019, commenced printing in September 2019, and is due to complete at the beginning of 2020.