In the city of Eindhoven the realization of the first of five planned 3D-printed concrete houses will start this year. The project, called Project Milestone, is a world’s first, as the houses will all be occupied.The first house, which will be a single-floor house, is expected to be ready for occupation in the first half of 2019. The other four houses will be multi-storey houses.The design of the houses is based on erratic blocks in a green landscape.The five houses will be built consecutively, so every time these innovations and all lessons learnt can be applied in the next house.
3D printing of concrete is a potential game changer in the building industry.Besides the ability to construct almost any shape, it also enables architects to design very fine concrete structures. Also it becomes easy to incorporate individual wishes for every single house, at minimum extra costs. Another important advantage is sustainability, as much less concrete is needed and hence much less cement, which reduces the CO2 emissions originating from cement production.