It’s been over three decades since the 3-D printer was invented, and to be sure, the technology has come a long way. Now, Dutch architect Janjaap Ruijssenaars is putting the technology to the ultimate test by proposing to print an enormous Möbius strip house with over 10,700 square foot of house. The Landscape House, as Ruijssenaars named it, will be a two-story structure replicating the natural form of a figure eight by using “one surface folded in an endless Möbius band” he says on his website, intending for the building to effortlessly fit into the natural world.
To complete the project Ruijssenaars will call upon designer Rinus Rowlofs and Enrico Dini, the inventor behind the D-Shape, a 3-D printer that will be used to print the Landscape House. It will be printed out in layers from bottom to top in roughly 20 by 30 feet sections. Each thin layer will be comprised of sand and a bonding agent to hold everything together. When the building is fully printed the loose sand will be dusted off to expose a marble-like finish on the final structure. Fiberglass and concrete reinforcements will be added to ensure durability, as 3-D printing on this scale has never been attempted. The team hopes the building will be complete by the end of 2014 with a budget between $5 and $6 million.
Check out how Dini created the D-Shape printer in the video below.