I Stayed in Icon’s New Luxury 3D Printed Home in Austin, Texas
The walls of the main home and its accessory dwelling unit were printed at the same time in eight days despite weather and hardware issues.
The team then spent five additional months finishing the rest of the home, like window installation, wiring, and plumbing.
And when it was completed, Icon invited me to spend a night in the new three-bedroom, two-and-a-half bathroom build …
… and the unique construction tech, curved concrete walls, and high-end finishes made House Zero one of the most uniquely designed homes I’ve ever stayed at.
Spending a night in House Zero made me realize that 3D printing homes can be a strategic and functional construction method while still producing beautiful yet comfortable homes.
Many 3D printing enthusiasts view the tech as a path toward alleviating our ongoing housing shortage and affordability crisis.
Like House Zero, a home that could take about a year to build “traditionally” can be printed and completed in just several months …
… enabling home builders to construct housing cheaper, faster, and more sustainably by using fewer materials and less physical labor.
The technology might be being heralded as a way to build more affordable homes quicker, but House Zero is far from an example of a budget-friendly home.
Source: Insider, Insider