Eindhoven gets first inhabited 3D-printed house made of concrete

Next year, the ¬†world’s first truly inhabited house made of 3D-printed concrete will appear in the Meerhoven district of Eindhoven. It is the first of five homes in total, with each home taking next steps in terms of innovation.

Concrete printing in 3D is an innovation that has the potential to radically change (residential) construction in terms of speed, affordability, sustainability, and freedom of form and choice. With its concrete printer, EINDHOVEN University of Technology is one of the world leaders in this field. The five Eindhoven homes will actually be put into use, and that is a world first. This means, among other things, that the homes must comply with the applicable building regulations and with the requirements that today’s residents set for matters such as layout, comfort, affordability and quality. In mid-2019, the first affordable 3D-printed rental property will be habitable.

The project is realized by a partnership of the municipality of Eindhoven, TU Eindhoven and the companies Van Wijnen, Vesteda, Saint-Gobain Weber Beamix and Witteveen+Bos.

An impression of the five houses that will be realized. Illustration: Houben/Van Mierlo architects.