Built in a once industrial area of Amsterdam, overlooking one of the city’s many canals, stands the Dutch architecture wizards, DUS Architects‘ latest 3D printed project.
The Urban Cabin is an 8 square meter mini house that features a small front porch and a tiny indoor living space where you can fit a bed that doubles as a sofa. While the space isn’t large enough for an indoor bathroom, the team at DUS Architects still has your hygienic needs covered with a sculptural 3D printed bathtub right in the garden. If you’re already intrigued by this sustainable, sleek housing unit, you’re in luck: DUS Architects are actually offering the space for short term lets!
Not considering its size, the Urban Cabin is a relatively small feat for the architecture firm, who can credit themselves with the development of the gorgeous 3D printed facades on the EU celebration building located in Amsterdam. DUS Architects are also currently in the final stages of developing a 3D printed canal house – a project that began back in 2013. The Urban Cabin, however, does display a certain level of sustainability and a conveniently compact attitude toward housing crises that affect urban areas. The development also doesn’t compromise any style, as the team explained, “The design plays with the relations between indoor and outdoor spaces creating luxury within a minimum footprint.”
According to the team at DUS Architects, the mini dwelling accurately demonstrates how 3D printing technology can be used to combat socio-economic issues like homelessness and offer “on-demand housing solutions for the fast growing cities around the globe.” The Urban Cabin is printed entirely out of bioplastics – that DUS developed with the help of consumer manufacturing company Henkel – which can be torn down and almost completely recycled into new designs when needed again.
The worldwide advancements made because of 3D printing technology will no doubt change the faces of multiple industries and social issues. More specifically, the time, materials and labor saved through 3D printed construction projects are clear implications of where we’re headed in the future. Thankfully, DUS Architects have no problem being the first ones to take those steps.
Featured Image courtesy of Ossip for DUS Architects